IMLAY CITY — Police Chief Arlan Winslow credits some of man's best friends and their owners with having helped his officers locate the culprits responsible for a series of home invasions perpetrated on senior citizens last summer.
On Nov. 6, the Imlay City Commission issued proclamations to K-9 handlers, Charlene Chiarini, Burt Crawford and Roberta Paesseno, thanking them for their aid in finding the suspects believed to be involved in the incidents which took place from July to October.
Winslow said one man has been charged with the crimes, while another faces similar charges. He told commissioners that the suspects may not have been apprehended without the assistance of the animals and their owners.
Area dog handlers Roberta Paesseno, Burt Crawford and Charlene Chiarini, with plaque from Imlay City for their assistance in an investigation of home invasions this summer as Police Chief Arlan Winslow, Mayor Rod Warner and police officer Roger Czap look on. photo by Tom Wearing.
"These people (K-9 handlers) are not law enforcement officers nor do they get paid for their services," said Winslow. "As a result of their dedication and persistence, our local citizens can enjoy a safer community with the arrest of the individuals connected with the recent crimes."
Winslow said the handlers and their highly-trained "bloodhounds" were instrumental in gathering evidence and tracking down the suspects.
"These people have been very helpful to us," said Winslow. "They donated a great deal of their time to assist in this investigation."
In mid-October, police arrested Greg Reed, 34, of Imlay City on a pair of warrants, including two counts each of home invasion and fourth-degree habitual defender.