K-9 Nix tracks down burglary suspect

Nix, a K-9 with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, tracked a suspect in burglary Tuesday morning in South Beach, leading to the man’s arrest.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Nix played a role this week in apprehending a burglary suspect.

At around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, deputies from the sheriff’s office, assisted by the Newport Police Department, responded to the 6000 block of Southwest Surfland Street in South Beach on a report of a burglary at a residence.

Upon arrival, deputies confirmed that an unauthorized entry had been made into the residence, but a suspect was not located at the scene.

During the investigation, it was learned the suspect had been observed traveling north on foot through private residential property toward Southwest 68th Drive. Sheriff’s office personnel, including Deputy Derick Smith and his K-9 partner, Nix, responded to the area. K-9 Nix identified a track of the suspect, leading Smith to a path to the beach. The dog located the suspect, later identified as Jeremy Severns, 34 of Newport. Severns was taken into custody without incident.

Severns was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on the charges of burglary in the first degree, theft in the second degree and criminal trespass in the first and second degree. His bail was set at $187,500.

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