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Sumter County K9 Deputy follows trail to burglary suspect's home

James Ashton Hobbs (Source: SCSO)

A Sumter County Sheriff's Office K9 deputy tracked a burglar's trail right to his own home.

Deputies responded to an alarm at the Stop 'N Go convenience store at 3660 Pinewood Road around 2:30 a.m. When they arrived, the side door into the building was damaged. Lottery tickets and cartons of cigarettes were missing.

Surveillance footage showed deputies in which direction the suspect fled. K9 Deputy Halo caught the suspect's scent and led deputies to James Ashton Hobbs, 29, who was at his home. When they arrived, deputies noticed Hobbs wore pajama pants identical to the ones the suspect wore in the security footage.

Hobbs allowed deputies to search his home, which led to the discovery of cartons of cigarettes and lottery tickets. They also found a crowbar, gloves and a stocking cap.

SCSO arrested Hobbs and charged him with second-degree burglary.

Sheriff Anthony Davis praised his deputies for using all the tools they could to locate Hobbs--especially the four-legged ones.

“The residents of Sumter can rest assured that we will use every investigative tool at our disposal to attempt to solve crimes,” Dennis said. “Our K9s are just one of those tools. These K9s are well-trained and the handlers should also be credited for working so many hours so that, when a situation such as this one arises, we are up to the task.”

Hobbs is currently held at the Sumter-Lee Detention Center.


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