Rookie police dog Geoffrey proved he was a valuable part of the Bunbury team – before he had officially started work.
The two-year-old german shepherd caught a 28-year-old Bunbury man who had allegedly stolen a vehicle.
Geoffrey was not rostered to work until last Friday, but got his early start when he was called in on Wednesday afternoon.
Sgt Phil Nation said Geoffrey sniffed out the alleged offender within 30m of being tracked in dense marshland at Leschenault Inlet in Bunbury.
“After Geoffrey went in to find him, the man we’d been pursuing came out straight away with his hands up,’’ Sgt Nation said.
Police were pursuing the stolen vehicle when the man allegedly left the car on the side of the road and hid.
The man appeared in Bunbury’s Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on charges of stealing a motor vehicle, burglary and seven charges of stealing.
Sgt Phil Nation said it was a great result for Geoffrey’s first call out.
“Geoffrey has earned his keep, he’s worth his weight in gold and is a great asset to the police,’’ he said.
At midnight the same day, Geoffrey and his handler Const. Jake Carruthers were called out to a burglary at a deli on Mangles Street.
While Geoffrey failed to track the people responsible for the crime on this occasion, on the way back to the station officers stopped a vehicle being driven by a man.
The vehicle was searched and Geoffrey located some drug implements.