K9 Aerie Helps Police Locate Burglary Suspect
Anchorage Police Department
March 11, 2014
Contact: Jennifer Castro
APD Public Information Officer
Subject: K9 Aerie Helps Police Locate Burglary Suspect
On Monday, March 10, 2014 at 8:18 p.m. APD Dispatch received a report of a burglary in progress at a residence located on the 6300 block of Kalmia Drive. Residents inside the home retreated to the basement and reported to police they could hear footsteps and people talking upstairs. Police responded to the scene and discovered no other occupants in the home in addition to the residents. An unattended stolen vehicle was discovered by police nearby.
A K9 track was launched and K9 Aerie was able to locate a male subject hiding inside a nearby culvert about a half mile from the residence. A preliminary investigation by police determined that the male hiding in the culvert was the burglary suspect. Police arrested and charged 31-year-old Joseph Belmont with Burglary in the first degree, two counts of criminal mischief in the third degree, theft in the second degree and vehicle theft in the first degree.
A preliminary investigation by police revealed that Belmont had burglarized the home on Kalmia Drive and attempted to break into another home located on the 7000 block of Montagne Circle (not too far from where the suspect was discovered hiding in the culvert).
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