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Break-in suspect nabbed by alert K-9 cop

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police say a K-9 officer and his dog nabbed a man believed to have committed five breaking and enterings and attempted break-ins in the past week.

Leroy Ronald Thompson, 45, is in the New Hanover County Jail under $200,000 bond.

Monday afternoon, Ofc. Kirti Vithalani and K-9 "Arko" were patrolling on West Lake Shore Drive when police say Ofc. Vithalani spotted a 2004 Cadillac matching the description of the car seen at some of the recent break-ins at various gas stations around the city.

When he turned around to try and stop the car, the driver pulled over, but as Vithalani got out of his car, police say the man sped away. A short pursuit ended in the parking lot at Cape Fear Hospice on Physicians Drive. Police say the suspect jumped out of his car and ran, but Vithalani and Arko caught him. According to Ofc. Vithalani, Thompson "moved very quickly once he took off."

WPD detectives have been able to link Thompson to break-ins or attempts at Kangaroo Express at 2028 Oleander Dr on Wednesday, 11 April; Wilco Gas Station at 5701 Oleander Dr the same day; Go Gas at 6308 Market St on Friday, 13 April; Gas Center at 1301 Military Cutoff the same day; and Gas Center at 425 College Rd on Saturday, 14 April. In all of these crimes, the suspect either broke out or attempted to break out the store windows.

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Take the car

Since Thompson tried to run from the police, was his car seized? I hope so. Hit a thief where it hurts, in the pocket.

Let's hope that Officer Vithalani...

...let Arko have his fun and fill before he was called off. Nothing more memorable than a large dog using you as a chewbone...