Retiring police dog catches two violent criminals

Two men have been sentenced to six years’ and three months imprisonment each for an aggravated burglary after quick thinking officers tracked them down within hours of them committing the offence.

Shaun Bryan, 23 (21.01.92) of Stockwell Park Road, SW9 appeared in custody at Croydon Crown Court today, (14.04.15), where he was found guilty of aggravated burglary.

Gino Sawyers, 20 (22.10.94), of no fixed abode, also appeared in custody at Croydon Crown Court today and he was found guilty of aggravated burglary and sent to a young offenders institute.

The court heard how on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 Bryan and Sawyers entered the home of two female occupants, aged 25-year-old and 33-year-old, on Northcote Road, CRO, carrying knives. Once inside they threatened the victims with violence and stole their mobile phones, a laptop and cash before leaving the property.

The officers activated a mobile phone tracking app and tracked Bryan and Sawyers to London Road,CR0. On seeing the police arrive, the pair ran from the officers and discarded the evidence. However, a six-and-a-half year old German Shepherd police dog called Jacob, assisted officers and Bryan and Sawyers were quickly detained.

Bryan and Sawyers pleaded guilty on Tuesday, 3 March at Croydon Crown Court.

Detective Constable John Davis, from Croydon CID, said: “This burglary was of a particularly violent nature, the males subjected the two females to a ruthless attack by threatening them with knives and violence in their own home. Thanks to the quick thinking of local officers and their teamwork with a dog support unit, these two very dangerous individuals were located and arrested soon after the offence. It is very satisfying that these criminals are off the streets and they will be serving lengthy custodial sentences for their actions.”