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Roseville police dog credited with tracking down burglary suspect

Roseville police dog Iggy
Roseville police dog Iggy Photo provided by Roseville Police Department

A Roseville police dog, Iggy, is credited with helping quickly apprehend a suspected burglar after residents reported a man acting strangely in their neighborhood.

The incident began about 10 p.m. Monday when residents in the 200 block of High Street saw a man they didn’t know walking around the area and acting peculiarly. At one point, his behavior prompted a group of women and children to run into their houses, according to a Police Department news release.

About 11:10 p.m., police officers responded to the same block of High Street after a man was seen in a woman’s back yard, tapping on windows and trying the handle of the back door. The man then ran away, jumping over fences and running through backyards. Officers surrounded the area, and Iggy and his handler began searching for the man.

About 10 minutes later, Iggy found the man hiding in a back yard. The man was lying face down in a narrow space between a shed and a fence. With Iggy’s help, officers took the man into custody.

He was identified as Tizok Francisco Moncivaiz, 39, a parolee at large with no permanent address. He was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of attempted burglary, parole violation and related charges, and is being held without bail.

Police said the area where Moncivaiz fled was dark, with alleyways, a lot of shrubbery, backyard sheds and other hiding places. Without a trained police dog, they said, it would have taken officers a long time to safely and thoroughly search the area, and would have caused a lengthy disruption for the neighborhood.