Police dog Wedge instrumental in arresting teen over Darwin crime spree

September 7, 2022 2:48 pm in by
Local News


Police dog Wedge is being praised for helping arrest a teenager accused of taking part in multiple crimes across Greater Darwin.

It’s alleged the 16-year-old was involved in four incidents in the last month including break-ins and a car theft.

The Dog Operations Unit spotted the teen riding a bike along Young Street in Alawa just after midday yesterday.

They chased him for some time before he dumped the bike on Lakeside Drive and continued to run off.

Patrol Dog Wedge and his handler Senior Constable Unwin tracked the boy through several yards before flushing him out into the path of waiting officers.

He has been charged with 10 offences including aggravated unlawful use of motor vehicle, unlicensed driving and stealing.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Chris Humphries says the arrest highlights the value of the Dog Operations Unit.

“If not for the assistance of Patrol Dog Wedge, it is highly likely that the youth would be still at large.”

“His speed and nimbleness at jumping over fences far outmatched that of all the attending police officers.”

(Photo: NT PFES)