The Anna Police Department’s K-9 officer recently helped track down a suspect who ran from local officers.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 4, Anna Police Department officers on patrol observed an individual acting suspiciously near a car parked in the parking lot of the Walmart store near the corner of White Street and U.S. Highway 75. When officers made contact with the individual, and while they were attempting to identify him, he fled on foot into the woods behind Walmart.

Anna Police then deployed K-9 officer Ninja and he quickly began a lengthy track of the suspect through the woods, around the surrounding area and Throckmorten Creek. Anna Police captured the suspect at the Love’s Travel Mart, where he was arrested and taken into custody.

The suspect confessed to having stolen the car he was standing near in the Walmart parking lot from a location in Sherman.

The Anna City Council approved Police Chief Jeff Caponera’s bid to bring in a K-9 officer earlier this year and on March 13, Caponera was able to swear in Anna’s very first K-9 officer, Ninja.

The K-9 officer has been steadily earning his doggy treats and taking drugs off of the streets. In the months since being sworn in as an officer, Ninja has been busy. Between the unwavering attention of Ninja, and the care of his partner/handler, officer Cory Goodman, Anna officers have a list of drug busts under their belts.