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Police dog Fritz helps take down Chilliwack car theft suspects

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An RCMP service dog was involved in the arrest of two Chilliwack men last Friday after a bait car was stolen downtown.

At approximately 3 a.m. on June 13, Chilliwack RCMP responded when a bait car was activated. The car was parked in one of the city's identified hot spots and was stolen just hours after being placed.

The vehicle was travelling northbound on Old Dyke Road when it was spotted by police and remotely deactivated.

The two males exited the vehicles and 24-year-old Lough Plumridge was arrested at the scene.

The other man, 35-year-old David McKay, fled into a wooded area, according to police.

The Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service responded to the call and tracked McKay, who allegedly kicked police service dog Fritz as the arrest was in progress.

"Chilliwack RCMP general duty members, with the assistance of police service dog Fritz, made the arrest in the end," said RCMP spokesperson Cst. Tracy Wolbeck. "The suspect suffered a minor injury as a result of Fritz's assistance."

The Chilliwack RCMP works extensively with the Integrated Municipal Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) who assist detachments in deploying bait vehicles in an effort to apprehend property crime offenders.

"We are constantly bringing in different makes and models of bait vehicles that we know thieves like to target," said Cpl. Brock Rayworth of the Chilliwack Property Crime Section. "Property crime is an enormous priority to us right now and these arrests are significant."

Plumridge and McKay have both been charged with possession of break-in tools and possession of stolen property.

Both men are known to police.

Police received a second bait car activation on the same evening and are currently investigating that incident.

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