Bandit the Dog Catches Another Kind of Bandit

Thursday, Nov 4, 2010  |  Updated 11:51 AM EDT
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Bandit the dog becomes a hero when he alerts his police captain owner to a crook in the backyard.

Bandit the dog becomes a hero when he alerts his police captain owner to a crook in the backyard.

A  man wanted in connection with a string of burglaries in New Jersey couldn't hide from an alert dog, who helped reveal the suspect whereabouts as he hid from police.

The suspect Byron Highsmith, 23, was trying to flee arrest when he made the mistake of hiding under a WaveRunner boat parked in a Little Ferry backyard, police told NorthJersey.com.

The wave runner belonged to a  police captain, and his dog, Bandit, was also around.

Bandit, a boxer with a very serious mug, started barking furiously at the bandit hiding under the wave runner.  Police Capt. Ronald Klein came outside and saw a sneaker peeking out, according to NorthJersey.com.

Klein grabbed the foot to detain Highsmith and then called police, who carted the suspect away. He is now under investigation for possible involvement in other burglaries in Saddle Brook, Maywood, Teaneck and Hackensack, the report said.

Highsmith, of Garfield, got out of Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility in Hunterdon County last December after serving more than two years for burglary.

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