MPD K-9 helps officers nab church break-in suspect


UPDATED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 --- 9:30pm

Meet Slim, a 5-year-old patrol dog for the Madison Police Department. He's one of six tracking dogs in the unit. But, Slim's much more than a pretty face.

"I've really been honored to get such a high-caliber working dog” says says Officer Carren Corcoran of the Madison Police Department and Slim's handler.

And oh boy did Slim work his tail off this past Monday night.

According to the Madison Police Department, a Madison man who initially lied to officers, was arrested after being tracked down by Slim in connection to a church burglary.

Gordon B. Sullivan, 24, of Madison, was out of breath when an officer stopped him a couple blocks away from Parkside Presbyterian Church at 4002 Lien Road, officials said. Just before, police had responded to reports of a burglary, according to a release.

Sullivan initially told police he was walking around smoking weed just before 10 p.m.

Responding officers on the scene found a window air conditioner pushed in, a window open and a boom box on the ground just outside of it, officials said.

The officer that stopped Sullivan told him that Slim was on scene and could search for specific scents, but police would need an article of the suspect’s clothing. Sullivan cooperated with the officer and gave up his shoe, according to a release.

His green Nike shoe was taken to the scene where Slim used it to track the scent from the scene to the squad car Sullivan was in, police said. Sullivan then admitted he was behind the church smoking week, but was adamant that he was not the one responsible for the burglary, officials said.

Sullivan told police he was behind the church and bumped into an acquaintance that broke into the church. The officer didn't buy the story.

Due to probable cause Sullivan was arrested on tentative charges of burglary, criminal damage to property and for a parole violation.

"The message to bad guys is if you're gonna do something bad in our city, we're probably gonna catch you" says Corcoran.

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Posted Tuesday, January 14, 2014 --- 6:31 p.m.

According to the Madison Police Department, a Madison man who initially lied to officers, was arrested after being tracked down by a K-9 in connection to a church burglary Monday night.

Gordon B. Sullivan, 24, of Madison, was out of breath when an officer stopped him a couple blocks away from Parkside Presbyterian Church at 4002 Lien Road, officials said. Just before, police had responded to reports of a burglary, according to a release.

Sullivan initially told police he was walking around smoking weed just before 10 p.m., according to the release.

Responding officers on the scene found a window air conditioner pushed in, a window open and a boom box on the ground just outside of it, officials said.

The officer that stopped Sullivan told him a police K-9 was on scene and could search for specific scents, but police would need an article of the suspect’s clothing. Sullivan cooperated with the officer and gave up his shoe, according to a release.

His green Nike shoe was taken to the scene where the K-9 used it to track the scent from the scene to the squad car Sullivan was in, police said. Sullivan then admitted he was behind the church smoking week, but was adamant that he was not the one responsible for the burglary, officials said.

Sullivan told police he was behind the church and bumped into an acquaintance that broke into the church. The officer didn't buy the story.

Due to probable cause Sullivan was arrested on tentative charges of burglary, criminal damage to property and for a parole violation.


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