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Peterborough police service dog assists in arrest of theft suspect

Isaac, a police service dog with Peterborough Police Service.
Isaac, a police service dog with Peterborough Police Service. Peterborough Police Service

Police in Peterborough say their service dog Isaac assisted in the arrest of a suspect in a theft investigation on Wednesday night.

Peterborough Police Service say that around 9:15 p.m., a man attended a Lansdowne St. store and allegedly concealed merchandise under his coat and left the store without attempting to pay.

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Police say a loss prevention officer followed the man and attempted to place him under arrest. Police allege the suspect resisted, threatened the officer and fled the area.

A canine officer in the area located the suspect coming out of a wooded area at which point the suspect began to flee, police said.

Police Service Dog Isaac was deployed and began a foot pursuit of the suspect who eventually stopped running and was successfully apprehended and placed under arrest.

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During the investigation, the accused was allegedly found to be in possession of an amount of fentanyl.

Donald Richard Thibault, 30, of Parkhill Road West, is charged with theft under $5,000, possession of a schedule I substance (fentanyl), uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and two counts of failure to comply with a probation order.

He was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, police said.

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