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Canton police dog sniffs out drugs following unarmed robbery

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  February 21, 2013 09:02 AM

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A would-be robber was foiled by Canton police and their drug-sniffing dog Bosco.

John Paul Gretchen, 41, of Hyde Park entered a CVS Pharmacy on Washington Street, jumped the pharmacy counter and forced employees to fill a green trash bag with pills, according to Canton Deputy Chief Helena Findlen.

The unarmed robbery took place shortly before 2 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15.

After the employee told police officer which direction the suspect had fled, they took off after him.

State police located Gretchen in the neighborhood near the CVS, but he no longer had the bag of pills. That was when Bosco jumped into action, according to Findlen.

Searching in a different back yard, Bosco sniffed out the bag and led police to it, Findlen said.

Gretchen was arrested and charged with unarmed robbery, larceny over $250, and resisting arrest.

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