VIDEO: Police dog helps takes down 4 auto theft suspects in Mississauga

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Published February 2, 2024 at 3:01 pm

Peel K9 service dog Kylo helps with an arrest on Feb. 2, 2024.

One of Peel police’s K9 officers took a literal bite out of crime this week, helping with the arrests of five people in an auto theft bust caught on camera.

The takedowns happened shortly before 6 a.m. on Friday in the area of Dixie Road and Matheson Boulevard in Mississauga after receiving reports of possible auto thefts, Peel Regional Police said in a statement.

Police say they were alerted by someone in the area who spotted a vehicle theft in progress.

Multiple officers including members of the PRP K9 Unit responded to the call, and footage shared by police shows police service dog Kylo chasing down one of the suspects.

The video, filmed by a police aerial support unit, shows what appears to be a suspect cornered by two Peel police officers when the person manages to get away.

But they didn’t make it far before Belgian Shepherd Kylo caught up with the suspect, chasing them in between parked cars and into a parking lot before the clip ends.

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A police spokesperson said four people including one adult male and three youths were arrested in the bust, and all four have been hit with multiple vehicle theft-related charges.

The video is gaining attention online, with users praising Kylo’s work.

“K9 Kylo may you get treats for weeks,” wrote one user.

But Thursday’s takedown wasn’t Kylo’s first run-in with the spotlight.

He gained some attention on social media after helping his human partners find a stash of drugs and arrest five break-in suspects all in one night in 2022.

Members of Peel’s K9 Unit are trained to help officers track criminals, locate missing people, detect explosives, search for evidence among various other tasks.

One of several service dogs on the Peel K9 Unit, Kylo was first brought to Peel police from Holland in 2018.

– With files from Declan Finucane

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