Janesville K9 captures alleged retail thief after foot chase

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WTVO) — 27-year-old Alexander Schenck, who was wanted for retail theft, was captured by a Janesville PD K9 on Thursday after he ran from police.

The Janesville Police Department says they were called around 7:15 p.m., alerted to a report of a suspicious person switching license plates in a business parking lot.

The caller allegedly watched as the suspect drove to a different parking lot and switched license plates on his vehicle again.

Police attempted to pull Schenck’s vehicle over on Hwy 51 near Black Bridge Road, but Scheneck allegedly sped away, reaching Parker Court before he bailed out and started running on foot.

It turns out, the squad car following Schenck was a K9 unit, so K9 Fred was dispatched to track him down. Police say K9 Fred apprehended Schenck after a short foot chase.

He was charged with Retail Theft, Fleeing an Officer, and Obstruction of Justice.

Schenck was later discovered to be wanted for retail theft incidents at Farm and Fleet, and had charges from other retail thefts at Woodmans.

He is currently wanted on 12 warrants throughout Rock County.

He was taken to the Rock County Jail.

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