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Lake County Sheriff’s Canine Dax apprehended nine people in a 24-hour period.
Around 1:00 a.m. on June 1, 2022, a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy located a vehicle crash in the area of Wadsworth Road and Delany Road, Wadsworth. The vehicle was reported stolen from a neighboring community. When the vehicle was stolen there were reportedly three suspects involved in the theft. Deputy John Forlenza and Canine Dax responded to the scene to conduct a track of the offenders who fled from the crash.
Canine Dax tracked for just over a mile, when he located three juveniles who ran when they heard Canine Dax. The three juveniles ran onto the roadway where another sheriff’s deputy was waiting. They were taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies and turned over to the neighboring community, where the vehicle was stolen.
Around midnight on June 2, 2022, Illinois State Police requested assistance with a stolen vehicle that crashed in the area of Lake Cook Road and I-94, in unincorporated Deerfield. Multiple occupants fled from the vehicle when it crashed. Canine Dax and Deputy Forlenza responded to the scene and conducted a track. Canine Dax tracked northwest into a heavily wooded area where he located three juvenile offenders hiding. They were subsequently taken into custody. He then continued tracking along the shoreline of the Des Plaines River where he located three more juvenile offenders hiding. They too were arrested, and all were turned over to the Illinois State Police.
Sheriff John D. Idleburg said, “Our Lake County Sheriff’s Office Canine Teams continue to impress every single day. They are a significant necessity in keeping our community safe. I could not be prouder of the work of our five canine teams and cannot wait for our two additional teams to finish their basic training and hit the streets!”