‘Theo’s a credit to the force’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

A HERO dog han­dler has de­scribed how he and his Ger­man Shep­herd tracked down four armed rob­bers to their ‘safe house’.

Cast­ing his mind back to the night of the rob­bery, Pc Gareth Greaves spoke of how he and Theo chased down the thieves.

He said: “We tracked them for a mile over con­crete, which is very hard.

“Our dogs are trained to fol­low the most re­cent scent to the ex­clu­sion of all oth­ers. They’re fixed.

“The trou­ble with con­crete is that it doesn’t hold a scent.

“It de­pends on the weather but a scent can be lost in min­utes.

“What made it more dif­fi­cult for us was that it was a very busy road.”

But de­spite the chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment Theo was able to lock on to the thieves’ smell.

He added: “Ini­tially it was a strong track. You get a feel­ing and can just tell. Then there was a part when it less­ened. But when it came back it just seemed to get stronger and stronger.”

He said he is ‘ex­tremely hum­bled’ but that his dog, Theo, de­serves the real credit.

He said: “He’s a credit to the force and to me.”

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