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Girl's stolen bike returned with help of K9

Utzi is the Portland Police Bureau's first female canine

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A little girl's stolen bike was returned with the help of the Portland Police Bureau's first female canine officer.

Portland police said a man stolen the girl's bike from her family's front lawn in the 5500 block of NE Simpson Street just before 6 p.m. on Friday. 

Older children tried to get the man to give the bike back, but he walked away with it. Police eventually tracked down the suspect, 20-year-old Amissi Hugu Mungomba, on a TriMet bus with the girl's bike mounted on the bike rack.

Police said Mungomba ran off the bus and fled police, but officers deployed canine Utzi, who was able to track him to some thick bushes where he was hiding.

Mungomba was arrested on charges of 2nd-degree theft and attempt to elude on foot.

According to the police bureau's website, Utzi is a 4-year-old German Shepherd from Colorado. She is assigned to Sgt. Jason Preston.  


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