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Mountain View's 'K9 Odin' Helps Track Down Suspects

Officer Dorene Hansen and K9 Odin.  Photo courtesy: Mountain View Police Department
Officer Dorene Hansen and K9 Odin. Photo courtesy: Mountain View Police Department
Mountain View police credited this week the arrests of a pair accused of being in possession of a stolen car to K9 Odin, who used his superior scent tracking skills to track them down.

According to the agency, around 4 a.m. Feb. 7, an officer came across an unoccupied stolen vehicle.  That officer called on Odin's handler, to work with the canine on finding the scent of whomever was in that car last.

"Odin led officers to the rear of a nearby townhouse where the suspects were confronted," a Mountain View Police Department release states.  "Two of the three suspects were apprehended thanks to Odin while the third suspect took off on-foot."

Though the third person managed to elude officers after an extensive search, both 27-year-old Sara Bragg of Mountain View and 18-year-old Parhum Alvandipour of San Jose were arrested, according to police.  The two were arrested "...for a variety of charges ranging from possession of a stolen vehicle to narcotics and warrants."

“We are very fortunate to have an extremely talented K9 team here at MVPD,” said Lt. Fisher who oversees this unit. “We utilize our K9s for more than protection work, as Odin demonstrated. Tracking takes patience, dedication and practice, and Officer Hansen and Odin are a testament to those essential characteristics.”

If anyone has information about the third suspect, they are asked to contact MVPD at 650-903-6344.

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