Pre-Dawn K9 Search Yields Juvenile Arrest in New Canaan

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New Canaan police arrested a 17-year-old Stamford man following a pre-dawn search Tuesday that included officers and K9 dogs from Norwalk and Stamford, officials say.

It started at about 12:10 a.m. when New Canaan police officer Rex Sprosta spotted a motorist driving erratically on Jelliff Mill Road near Ponus Ridge, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski.

The car would turn north on Ponus and, after pulling onto Clearview Lane, come to an abrupt stop “and the occupants fled the vehicle,” Krolikowski said in a press release. “The New York registered vehicle was found to be stolen from Stamford. Subsequently, an intensive search of the area began.”

After about 30 minutes, the juvenile was found (by Stamford K9 dog Bobi) hiding under a porch, the chief said. The youth was charged with second-degree larceny, second-degree criminal trover, interfering with an officer, reckless driving and operating without a license.

Specifically, Krolikowski cited Sprosta as well as New Canaan Sgt. Kevin Casey, Stamford Police Officer David Dogali and his K9, Bobi, and Stamford Police Officer Mike Kiselman.

The juvenile will be held at Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center, Krolikowski said.


“The success of this investigation is the direct result of the hard work, aggressiveness and dedication of the members of the New Canaan Police Department’s Patrol Division, members of the Norwalk Police Department’s Patrol Division, members of the Stamford Police Department’s Patrol Division, K9 Kimbo from Norwalk and K9 Bobi from Stamford,” the chief said. “This is an active investigation and as the investigation continues additional arrests are possible.”

Here’s where the search took place:

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