Four people have been arrested on suspicion of burglary after an incident in Houghton Regis on Saturday, May 16, thanks to the help of Police Dog Otto.
At just after 2am police were called to Brentwood Close following a report of a group of men acting suspiciously.
They were spotted by a member of the public and ran from the area.
An officer and dog from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit were deployed to assist with the search for the people.
A police helicopter was also sent to the area.
Otto and his handler were first on scene and Otto’s nose was put to use.
He tracked through streets and alleyways for just under a mile before reaching Leaf Road, where three of the group were found.
A fourth person was seen running from the area and Otto and his handler went tracking again.
He led his handler to a garden and, with assistance from the helicopter, quickly located the fourth person.
Sergeant Vicky Stoughton from the BCH Dog Unit, said: “Day or night, our team is out and about across the three counties and happily assisting other officers with varying types of incidents.”
A 14-year-old male and a 19-year-old male were released without charge, a 15-year-old male has been charged with going equipped for burglary and a 13-year-old male has been bailed until June.