MORRISTOWN, NJ – Citations were presented this week to two Morris County police dogs that helped authorities find and arrest four men accused of breaking into a Ledgewood business in August.

The citations were presented Nov 1 by state Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-25) to Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Sigmund and K-9 Loco. The dogs helped police from Roxbury and elsewhere track four Philadelphia men who broke into Ledgewood Powersports on Aug. 3 shortly after 2 a.m.

When police got to the motorcycle store, responding to an activated burglar alarm, they saw the four men running away. “A foot pursuit ensued and officers set up a perimeter to contain the subjects,” said Morris County Sheriff James Gannon in a statement. “Officers on scene immediately called for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Section to respond.”

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Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Aaron Tomasini brought K-9 Sigmund, a certified patrol dog, to the scene, police said. “Following a trail of human scent, K-9 Sigmund was able to track over 50 yards in heavy brush and located and arrested two subjects,” said Gannon’s statement. “K-9 Sigmund then continued to track human scent in the nearby area resulting in the apprehension of two more subjects.”

K-9 Loco and handler Detective Michael Carbone, also assisted. Both dogs were rewarded, several days later, with steak dinners provided by Roxbury police.

In honoring the dogs, Bucco not only offered words of praise but came with treats, according to Gannon.

“I am honored to recognize the officers of the sheriff’s K-9 Section as well as the dogs that work by their side,” Bucco said, according to Gannon. “I’m not sure that the residents of Morris County realize how well trained these animals are and how often the dogs are utilized. The dogs and their handlers are called upon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ...They say dogs are a person’s best friend, except if you are a crook in Morris County.”

At the ceremony Gannon said the citation proves that Bucco and the Assembly “understand how valuable our K-9s are to law enforcement and how their hard work pays off in keeping the public safe.”

Tomasini expressed thanks on behalf of the dogs and the K-9 unit. “It is not very often that our K-9s receive such a prestigious recognition for the great work that they provide our community every day,” he said.