A police dog tracked down a man who allegedly tried to force his way into a home in Hamilton Hill last night.

The police Dog Squad searched for the man after officers received reports he had tried to force his way into a home on Cutts Street at about 6.50pm.

The man is alleged to have removed a fly screen to try and gain entry to the home and was reportedly yelling at the people inside.

When police arrived at the property, the man jumped a garden fence and ran into bushland on Stock Road.

Police dog Jose tracked the man and found the alleged offender hiding in bushland.

The 37-year-old man was taken into custody and charged with criminal damage.

He will appear in court at a later date.

In a separate incident, a police dog tracked a man alleged to have broken into four vacant units in the South West suburb of Withers yesterday.

Police dog Geoffrey picked up the scent of a man from the units and led his handler to nearby Wilkerson Street where a 22-year-old Bunbury man was arrested at about 5pm.

The man is alleged to have broken into four units and damaged two to gain entry.

He was charged with four counts of trespass and two counts of criminal damage.

The West Australian

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