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K-9 Cop Helps Nab Suspected Burglar at Mexico Meat Market in Vacaville

SWAT and bomb squad responded after the suspect allegedly told police other armed intruders were inside the store -- which turned out to be false.

A Vacaville police dog assisted in the arrest of a man suspected of burglarizing a grocery store early this morning, according to police.

Officers responded at 3:12 a.m. to an alarm call at the Mexico Meat Market at 1130 E. Monte Vista Ave.

Police said the front window of the store had been broken and the suspect, 18-year-old Todd Sampson of Vacaville, was seen leaving the store as officers arrived.

Officer Darren Young and his police dog, Syar, took the suspect into custody after a short foot pursuit.

During an interview with police, Sampson indicated that other suspects were still inside the store and were possibly armed.

Officers secured the perimeter of the business and a SWAT team was called to the scene.

A portion of East Monte Vista Avenue was shut down for a short period and the Yolo County bomb squad was called to provide equipment and to assist in the search.

A search of the market turned up no additional suspects and a review of video surveillance confirmed that Sampson was the sole suspect.

Sampson was treated for minor wounds from the dog and was transported to county jail, according to police.

--Bay City News

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