K-9 officer, handler are honored for B & E arrests

Photo courtesy of city of Taylor

Photo courtesy of city of Taylor

Taylor police Cpl. Kristine Corne (right) and K-9 Indy accept a plaque from Police Chief Dale Tamsen (left) and Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand.

TAYLOR – One of the Police Department’s three crime dogs and the officer in charge of him have been honored for their work leading to the arrest of two suspects in a garage burglary.

Cpl. Kristina Corne and her dog, Indy, received a plaque during the Jan. 5 City Council meeting. The plaque was created by Taylor resident and Meadow Bar owner Michael Matthews, whose garage was burglarized the evening of Nov. 2.

According to Police Chief Dale Tamsen, Officer Jeff Shewchuk first responded to Matthews’ house in the 6000 block of McGuire to investigate a home invasion. Matthews told him his garage had been broken into and items were stolen.

A witness told Shewchuk he saw two males in the back yard, one of whom was seen pushing an item down the street, putting the item in another garage on McGuire and then walking to a third address on McGuire.

Shewchuk called for K-9 assistance, and Corne and Indy tracked the culprits from the victim’s garage to the garage containing the stolen items. One defendant was arrested at the scene.

Officers then went to the second address on McGuire, spoke to a second suspect and arrested him as well.

Tamsen said Corne and Indy assisted in the investigation and provided officers probable cause to link the defendants to the crime. Both defendants have been charged.

Matthews, who has held fundraising events for the police K-9 unit at his bar, said he wanted to recognize Corne and Indy for their work on the case. The plaque was presented by Tamsen and Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand.

Corne praised all of the officers involved in the arrest and thanked the city for having a K-9 unit that enables investigators to help solve crime in Taylor and surrounding communities.