CAHOKIA — A Cahokia police dog's keen nose helped police track an armed robbery suspect, eventually leading to his arrest.
Mark Taylor of 113 Kenneth Drive, who was out on probation, was charged Thursday afternoon with the armed robbery Aug. 13 of the Captain D's Restaurant on Camp Jackson Road.
Police Chief James Jones said department's canine tracked the suspect's scent near the home where he lived, which helped police locate the suspect.
Taylor was already being sought by Cahokia police in connection with a car burglary that occurred two days earlier, Jones said.
An armed man walked into the Captain D's restaurant on Camp Jackson Road while the employees there were breaking down store equipment and preparing for the complete shutdown of the store for the night.
"The gunman pulled out his weapon, demanded money, and he was given an undetermined amount of money. The suspect fled from the business," Jones said.
The canine officer and his dog Feight began tracking the scent of the suspect and he tracked it all of the way to the 100 block of Kenneth and stopped near where the suspect lived," Jones said.
After developing their person of interest, Jones said he made a call to the U.S. Marshals Service and asked them to assist Cahokia in locating Taylor.
"He lived very close to where the canine tracked the scent to. But, he was not present at the time. We got information on another location where he might be and we went there. He was not there.
"He turned himself in to the St. Clair County Probation Department on Aug. 14. We went there and picked him up and brought him back to the station for questioning," Jones said.
Taylor was charged with the car burglary and bail was set at $350,000 for him.
With Taylor locked up, Jones said police were able to do further investigation on the Captain D's robbery and that investigation led to armed robbery charges against Taylor. Bond was set on that charge at $750,000.
Jones said the Cahokia Police Department is fortunate to have a tracking dog like Feight who has a very keen nose. "He did a great job and we all love him," Jones said.
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