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Theft suspect caught by K-9

A 38-year-old man is facing numerous charges after breaking into an Oshawa hydro sub-station, stealing copper and fleeing from police overnight.

Durham police were called to the area of Thornton Road South on Thursday, Aug. 19, around 12:20 a.m., for reports of a break-and-enter. Police say the suspect was observed breaking into the fenced area and stealing copper wire before fleeing on foot.

With the assistance of the DRPS K-9 Unit, Police Service Dog Klutch and his handler tracked the suspect southwest to find him hidden under a tarp in the forest. The man was taken into custody without incident.

The Oshawa man has been charged with three counts of failing to comply with a release order, obstructing police, break-and-enter, mischief to property under $5,000, possessing break and enter instruments, and theft under $5,000.

He was held for a bail hearing.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact DRPS Cst. Sheppard at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1825.