Monroe police officers, with an assist by police dog Tango, arrested a 40-year-old Monroe man for investigation of burglaries at two smoke shops Monday morning near Woods Creek. (Monroe Police Department) 20200811

Monroe police officers, with an assist by police dog Tango, arrested a 40-year-old Monroe man for investigation of burglaries at two smoke shops Monday morning near Woods Creek. (Monroe Police Department) 20200811

Police dog nabs, nips man suspected of burgling smoke shops

Monroe police arrested a man after two smoke shops were broken into Monday morning.

MONROE — Officers and a police dog caught a Monroe man suspected of breaking into and stealing from two smoke shops early Monday morning.

Police were called at 5:41 a.m. to the Cigar Q shop in the 19000 block of Lenton Place Southeast for an alarm. They found a broken window and a brick but no suspects, according to the Monroe Police Department.

Just 15 minutes later, a 911 caller reported a man smashed a window and entered the 7 Star Smoke Shop in the 300 block of East Main Street. Another caller said they saw a man carrying a garbage bag and wearing a mask leave the area eastbound on Railroad Avenue.

A police dog, Tango, and his handler tracked to Woods Creek where the alleged suspect was in the creek. Tango attacked the man, who was arrested. He was taken to EvergreenHealth for treatment of minor injuries sustained from blackberry bushes and the police dog, then booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of burglary.

Officers didn’t find a second suspect.

The missing cigarettes are worth about $800, but they weren’t found as of Monday afternoon.

This case was under investigation.

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