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Scent Leads Bloodhound to Burglary Suspect

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Bloodhound Shaker Shakes Loose Burglary Case
Bloodhound leads to conviction following early morning burglary.

Louisa - Louisa Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire announced the surprise conviction of Troy Shannon Hensley, 35, Louisa for Burglary and Larceny.  In the early morning, Feb. 8, 2013, the alarm sounded at Country Corner Market in Louisa.  The owner arrived and found the front door busted and beer missing from the store.  The suspect left behind the item used to break the door.  With no witnesses found the deputy called Detective Buck Garner and his AKC bloodhound Shaker.  Shaker found that the suspect also left a scent and followed it to 284 Doctors Road and found Hensley passed out with a cold 40 ounce beer beside him.  

When Hensley woke up he denied involvement in the crime and blamed another, who he claimed gave him the beer and left.  Shaker ran the trail again with the same results and then went to the house of the third party.  Shaker did not find any scent that matched anything from the store at the other person's house. 

Hensley maintained his innocence and was scheduled for a jury trial on Sep. 5, 2013.  Yesterday his attorney contacted the court to put the case on the docket and he changed his plea to guilty - without an agreement.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 3, 2013 and faces up to 21 years in prison.  

Shaker has been a member of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office since 2007.  Shaker has been called out over 335 times and has participated in training in 11 countries.

Speaking on the conviction McGuire said "we are really lucky to have a world class K9 program in Louisa County.  Shaker's work ensured an innocent man was not arrested and sent the true criminal to jail."

You can find more information about Shaker at  http://www.louisacounty.com/LCsheriff/bh.htm.

 

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