Commonwealth Journal

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January 4, 2013

Duo in 'Waffle' Lot of Trouble

Tip pans out; suspects being grilled in restaurant robbery after Somerset police dog toasts their get-away plans

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Somerset —

“Under the circumstances, the suspects were giving up and cooperating with officers; the dogs are trained to track and find someone, not track and bite someone. That’s a testament to the handler and the dog’s training,” said Smith. “I would put Aras’ capability as a patrol dog up against anybody’s dog. I think this is the product of continuing training and level of professionalism we hold for our department and our specialized unit.”
As for what the out-of-town individuals were doing in Somerset, Smith said it’s believed one of them lived here or had family here, and that they were apparently just looking for cash. 
The knife and gun — which turned out to be a BB gun, albeit one that looked a lot like a regular pistol, according to Smith — were recovered a short distance away from where the suspects were located.
Combs was served with two outstanding Breathitt County warrants; one for failure to appear in court, and an Indictment for second-degree burglary and theft. Sword was also served with a Breathitt County Indictment for flagrant non-support, Criminal Mischief, and Theft; along with a bench warrant for failure to pay fines.
Smith said police are also looking for two additional people who may be on their way back to Breathitt County, who are believed to have helped provide transportation for the suspects.
Regarding the speed with which police located the suspects, Smith noted that his agency had the city “divided into near-equal sectors,” which “significantly helps response time ... There’s one officer pretty close to every part of the city, normally.”

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