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Police dog nabs another suspect

A bloodhound with a track record for sniffing out the bad guy did it again Thursday, his human colleagues said.

Melanie, a Cook County sheriff’s dog, was training near Joliet when police got a call about a man on the run following a burglary in nearby Manhattan, sheriff’s spokesman Frank Bilecki said.

Officers were able to arrest a woman after she and a male suspect crashed near Interstate 80 and Larkin Avenue in Joliet. However, the man fled from the scene, Bilecki said.

Melanie -- who helped locate an escaped inmate in a portable toilet last year in Lockport and helped in the high-profile murder of 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin in her Indian Head Park home -- picked up the man’s scent and led police about 1.25 miles through a wooded area, Bilecki said.

The handler soon noticed that Melanie was losing the scent and had the dog sniff a hat he found, which got the bloodhound back on the trail, Bilecki said. Melanie eventually led police to a nearby home, where a different dog found the burglar hiding in a basement crawl space.

“It was old school police work,” Bilecki said. “One where good old fashion police bloodhounds show their worth.”

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