An Oregon police K9 proved his worth to the force this past weekend, catching three suspects all within the span of 90 minutes.
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Spencer's "rare K9 hat-trick" began around 10:20 a.m. local time Sunday, when he was on patrol with his hander Sgt. Don Boone, and the pair tracked down and captured 21-year-old Austin Kollas after he allegedly stole a vehicle in Clackamas, located southwest of Portland.
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Left to right: Austin Kollas, Timothy Elmore, Lonnette Denison (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)
The 9-year-old Dutch Shepherd captured Kollas after he fled from the car in a parking lot, police said.
Just over an hour later, at 11:35 a.m. local time, Spencer took down Timothy Elmore, 41, who was wanted on parole violation charges hiding from Gladstone Police Officers a few miles away. Spencer found the suspect hiding inside a trailer.
Then just nine minutes later, at 11:44 a.m., Spencer captured Lonnette Denison, 36, after police said she attempted to hide from deputies in a holly bush outside her Gladstone apartment.
Dennison had warrants out for her arrest on multiple charges, including possession of a controlled substance and theft, according to police records.
"It's a rare feat for a Sheriff's Office K9 to get that number of captures in such a short time frame," Sgt. Boone said in a news release. "For Spencer and I, that was a new record -- three in 90 minutes."
Boone has been a K9 handler for 20 years, while Spencer has been serving with the force for six years, according to the sheriff's office.