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Sheriff’s K-9 helps track down man officials say is linked to several High Desert burglaries

By in Press Enterprise on December 26, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

San Bernardino County sheriff’s K-9, Ellie, helped officials track down a man reportedly caught breaking into an El Mirage family’s home and who authorities say may be linked to other burglaries.

On Christmas Eve, deputies with the Victor Valley Station were called to the 14000 block of Palmer Road near De Berry Street in El Mirage for a couple holding a man they found in their home, officials said in a news release.

Investigators learned the family came home and found the man, later identified as Julio Zavala, 35, in their home trying to take several items, officials said. The homeowner and his wife “scuffled with the suspect to retrieve their stolen property and detain him for deputies” but Zavala was able to break free and ran off into the desert, according to the statement.

Authorities called for sheriff’s K-9, Ellie, to help with the search, officials said. Ellie quickly picked up a scent and led deputies to Zavala who was about 2 miles away.

“When deputies identified themselves, the suspect fled again” but he was caught a short distance away, according to sheriff’s authorities.

Investigators tied Zavala to several other burglaries in the area, officials said.

Detectives ask anyone with information on the case to call the Victor Valley sheriff’s station at 760-552-6800.

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