K9 unit helps police find theft suspect

K9 unit helps police find theft suspect
Brandon Forrest Sackett

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A K-9 unit helped officers track down a man they suspect had broken into a truck in Springfield early Sunday morning, police said.

At around 3:10 a.m. Sunday a man called police, saying that he saw a man breaking into his friend's truck in the 100 block of S Street.

The arriving officer brought the newest member of the Springfield K9 team, "Dago" (pronounced Dog-O), out to the scene to help them investigate the break in.

Officials said that "Dago" picked up on the suspect's scent and led police down a nearby bike path.

The K9 unit led police directly to 27-year-old Brandon Sackett, a known transient in the area.

Officers searched Sackett and found property reported missing from the truck, as well as a type of hole punch commonly used to break car windows with minimal noise, police said.

Sackett faces multiple charges, including criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and two theft charges.

Officials said that Sackett has a lengthy criminal history, including burglary, vehicle theft and drug c