Mar 19, 2016
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A California Highway Patrol’s forward-looking infrared system (FLIR), which helps track heat sources on the ground during the night, came in handy during the pursuit and capture of a burglary suspect in North Richmond, police said.

The incident unfolded Tuesday at 7:45 p.m., when Richmond police responded to a call of a possibly burglary in progress at the Pick-N-Pull automotive salvage yard at 1015 Market St., police Lt. Felix Tan said.

A K-9 unit quickly established a perimeter around the business with other officers and requested assistance from a CHP helicopter.

Between CHP helicopter’s ability to track heat sources with the FLIR technology and canine Ronin’s strong sense of smell, the suspect was found and arrested,” Tan said. “The loot consisted of several automotive batteries and other automotive parts.”

No one was injured.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.