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New K-9 unit on-call; Suspects caught in progress

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OVILLA – Ovilla Police Officer J. Bennett was dispatched at 1:03 p.m. Saturday, Nov.13 for a possible burglary in progress at 3313 Ovilla Road.

While en route to the burglary, the description of the suspect’s vehicle was broadcast.

Bennett spotted the suspect vehicle and began to chase the suspect.

Eventually, according to the Ovilla Police Department, the suspect ditched the vehicle and the suspects ran on foot through a wooded county area.

With the combined efforts of the Glenn Heights and Red Oak Police Department, as well as the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office new K-9 unit, the suspects were taken into custody at 4:42 p.m.

The ECSO canine has been on board since Oct.16.

"It is so wonderful when local law enforcement agencies work together in harmony for a common goal," said Ovilla Police Chief Mike Moon.

"In this case the common goal was to apprehend two burglars. A special thank you to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department because they were the agency that actually arrested both suspect.

Carlos Sanchez, 46, of Dallas, and Charles Whitaker,37, of DeSoto, were booked into the Midlothian jail for burglar of a residence and evading arrest.

A large part of the property stolen from the residence was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle.

"These two suspects were apprehended due to the diligence and professionalism of Sherriff Johnny Brown and his deputies," said Moon.

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