Ventnor Police K9 Joker Nabs Car Burglary Suspect
A car burglary suspect in Ventnor Sunday night ran into a cop he couldn't avoid. K9 Joker. According to Ventnor Police, Joker helped track down the suspect as he was in the process of burglarizing a second vehicle.
The Press of Atlantic City reports that Sunday at 11:04 pm, Ventnor Police Department received a report from a resident on Baton Rouge Avenue that a man was burglarizing their vehicle.
Officers responded into the area and confirmed that a burglary to a vehicle had just occurred. K9 Officer Marc Franco Jr. and his K9 partner, Joker, set out in search for the suspect.
The track by K9 Joker led officers to the South Block of Vassar Square where officers encountered the accused, Malcolm Newton, who was actively burglarizing another motor vehicle.
Newton, 34, of Pleasantville was found in possession of property that had been stolen from the first vehicle and several other vehicles, according to police.
Police said that all the vehicles that were entered had been left unlocked.
Newton faces charges of burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools. He is being held in the Atlantic County Jail.
K9 Joker has developed quite a reputation for tracking criminals on the run. Back in March, Joker was called in to help Longport Police with the search for a suspect in a home burglary.
After being able to avoid Longport Police for a couple of hours, Patrolman Franco and Joker were quickly able to locate the suspect hiding in the outside shower of a nearby Longport home.
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