K-9 Units Under Attack?

Police seek suspects in attacks on K-9 unit vehicles

By Jenel Nels
|  Wednesday, May 26, 2010  |  Updated 8:14 AM CDT
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Police are looking for a suspect they believe may be targeting their K-9 units.

Over the past few weeks, someone set at least three police vehicles on fire and left rat poison on an off-duty Chicago police officer’s front steps, according to the Sun-Times. The officer shares a home with a police K-9 dog.

The first incident took place overnight on May 8, when a marked squad car outside a K-9 unit officer’s home in the 4400 block of N. Major Ave. went up in flames. Two weeks later, two more K-9 unit squad cars caught fire at about the same time of night, Jefferson Park District police Capt. Edward Lenti tells the Sun-Times it is “highly unlikely” the fires occurred naturally.

Then, Tuesday the attacks changed direction.

Police say a K-9 unit handler found a pile of rat poison on his front porch in the 7400 block of North Overhill Ave. when he returned home. No word if that incident is connected to the other three.

Police do not have any suspects in custody.

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