SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - Two alleged Walmart shoplifters were nabbed by a Slidell police dog on Thursday.
The incident happened around 2 p.m. Thursday. Officers received reports of a couple stealing over $800 worth of merchandise from Walmart, located in the 39100 block of Natchez Drive.
The couple, identified as 23-year-old Scotty Booker III and 36-year-old Anquidita James, fled the scene in a vehicle. Officers say they spotted the suspect vehicle on the I-10 Service Road.
As officers attempted to stop the vehicle, police say a Booker jumped from the passenger-side door and fled. The suspect jumped over several fences and police lost sight of him, officials say.
Slidell K-9 units were called to assist.
Scout arrived at the scene first, and began tracking. Within minutes, Scout and his handler, Officer Justin Stokes, located Booker hiding in a trash can on Cedar Avenue, police say.
The suspect allegedly jumped out of the trash can and attempted to run from police. Scout nabbed Booker before he could get far, officers say.
Police say Booker resisted arrest, but eventually was subdued and taken into custody.
"Once again, our furry friend Scout has proven to be an invaluable asset for our department," said Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith. "Our canines are the best around, hands down."
Booker was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor dog bites. He was booked with theft of goods over $750, resisting arrest and resisting an officer by violence.
Officers say Anquidita James, who complied with police, was only charged with theft of goods over $750.
One officer suffered minor injuries during the incident and was treated at a local hospital.
Scout has had quite the year with the Slidell Police Department. The K-9 unit helped take down a suspect accused of shooting a Slidell police officer in the line of duty.
Jeremy Lackey, 28, is accused of opening fire in Olde Town on April 3. Lackey aimed the weapon at police and fired 10 shots, according to Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith. Police positioned themselves between Lackey and innocent bystanders and returned fire.
During the shootout, Sgt. Cliff Laigast was hit in the leg, but continued firing. Police say a K-9 unit, Scout, apprehended Lackey before he could hit anyone else.