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Rancho Cucamonga sheriff’s K-9 finds accused Lancaster thief up a tree

By in Press Enterprise on December 28, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

Sheriff’s bloodhound, Dare, tracked and found a suspected thief hiding in a tree near a Rancho Cucamonga apartment complex, officials said.

Dare sat at the foot of the tree alerting her handler, San Bernardino County sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Girard to the hiding man, later identified as Dale Ivy, 45, of Lancaster. Ivy was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and an outstanding arrest warrant, according to a sheriff’s news release.

Around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Deputy David Johnson from the Rancho Cucamonga Station came across a stolen vehicle heading west through the intersection of Arrow Route and Haven Avenue, according to the release.

Johnson tried to stop the vehicle but the driver entered an apartment complex near the intersection and parked in one of the stalls, officials said. One man jumped out and ran leaving two passengers inside the vehicle, officials said. Authorities later determined the passengers were not involved in the theft of the vehicle and turned their attention to finding the fleeing man who ran into the complex.

Deputies set up a perimeter to try to find the man identified as Ivy, and called in Girard and Dare to help with the search, officials said.

Dare picked up Ivy’s scent from an article left behind by the Lancaster man. The bloodhound jumped the apartment’s block wall and went directly to a large tree where deputies found Ivy, sheriff’s officials said.

The theft is still under investigation and detectives ask anyone with information to call the Rancho Cucamonga Station at 909-477-2800. Anonymous tips can also be left at the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or www.wetip.com.

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