Police dog tracks down motorhome thief who hid in grounds of Sheffield primary school

An alleged motorhome thief who tried to hide on the grounds of a Sheffield primary school was rooted out by a veteran police dog today.

Sunday, 10th October 2021, 5:55 pm
Updated Sunday, 10th October 2021, 5:55 pm

South Yorkshire Police’s operational support unit have boasted about the dramatic arrest today (October 10) after the thief reportedly rammed the vehicle into one of their squad cars as he was being tailed.

Shortly after, the unnamed man was tracked to primary school where he was surrounded and forced out of hiding by one of the force’s trained canines, PD Vinny.

“Not so tough without your motorhome are you?” bragged SYP Operational Support in a post online today (October 10).

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Police dog Vinnie was deployed to a Sheffield primary school this weekend to root out an alleged vehicle thief.

"When a motorhome stolen from Netheredge was spotted by Police in Fox Hill it reverse-rammed and disabled the following police car.

"The police helicopter quickly found it again in High Green and when the driver jumped out they observed him going in to the grounds Angram Bank Primary School.”

With officers now surrounding the school, SYP sent in Police Dog Vinny with his handler Dan.

"Not quite so tough as when he was sat in a large vehicle this thief didn’t fancy taking on Vinny,” the post continued.

"[After] surrendering, he made his way to the fence and climbed over to be arrested by officers on suspicion of the theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and assault.

“Before leaving Vinny searched the area and found property the thief had discarded on the floor within the grounds."

PD Vinny, a Belgian Malinois, is one of South Yorkshire Police veteran canine units who is frequently given kudos by the force in posts online.