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New K9 catches teen vandals second week on the job

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(06/27/14) - Three teens may soon face some serious charges after a vandalism spree early Thursday morning.

Mt. Morris Township Police say at least 15 to 20 cars, trucks and SUV's were damaged. Most of the destruction was done along Webster Road, between W. Stanley Road and W. Coldwater Road.

Matthew Howe has four new tires on his red mini-van, but not by choice.

"Heard what sound like a crash, and glass breaking," Howe said.

That noise was likely the damage happening to his neighbor's Chevrolet Equinox. It's now at a Clio repair shop having the smashed windows and flattened tires fixed.

Blake Murphy's girlfriend, Sierra, had her truck damaged, too. The cab was set on fire.

Murphy's mother first noticed the damage Thursday morning. "She looked at Sierra's window and said, 'she don't have tinted windows'. So she opened the truck and it was just all smoke and burnt every where," Murphy said.

Down the road at Walter Todd's home, three vehicles were damaged.

"Smashed out my dash in my Tahoe and my Grand Prix, flattened the tires. Also took a knife and carved into my oldest boy's truck right down to the metal," Todd said.

Todd is understandably upset. "Violated. I've lived here 10 years and never had a problem. I don't know, just people doing the wrong thing at the wrong time."

At some point, Howe caught them red handed.

"I heard more commotion outside, this time my motion sensor light was on and I saw a young male, from the front tire to the rear tire slashing the tire," Howe said.

Howe called 911. Shortly thereafter, Officer Jeff Iski and his new partner were called.

K9 officer "Colt" and Iski finished training in mid-June. This is just their second week on the job, together.

Colt replaced Iski's old partner "Cash", who died of cancer last year.

Colt and Iski's first official track together wasn't easy.

"There was a lot of muddy bean fields, some creeks, there was wooded area," Iski said.

Iski says two hours later, and not too far away, Colt had done his job and lead them to a home where three teens were staying.

Police say one teen lives there.

"The muddy boots and the wet socks and clothing and everything, you know, right there that gave it away," Iski said.

Two 16 year olds and a 17 year old were arrested, but because of their ages, they were released to their guardians.

They haven't been charged yet, but police say they could face several felony charges for all the damage along Webster Road.

"That new K9 unit that Mt. Morris Township has, really, worth its weight in gold," Howe said.

Iski is proud of his new partner. "Exciting as it was with the last catch I had with the old dog. Picked up where we left off before Cash died."

Having a K9 is so valuable, the township recently approved funding for a second dog. That dog and its handler will start training it mid-October, with plans to have them patrolling together in mid-November.

When that happens, Mt. Morris Township will have the ability to have a K9 available nearly 24/7.

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