A K-9 unit led officers to a man accused of breaking into someoneís garage, after the suspect fled the scene when confronted by an armed homeowner, according to Wagener police.


Paul Chandler, 46, of Holley Street in Wagener, was charged with second-degree burglary and placed in the Aiken County detention center.


The incident happened at a home on Mill Street in Wagener on Wednesday night, according to Officer Jeremy Hill.


ďThe homeowner heard the racket of him trying to break into the garage,Ē Hill said, adding that the homeowner went out to the garage with a gun and confronted the suspect. ďHe did fire a round off into the ground to scare him.Ē


While officers were investigating, Xantos, the police departmentís new K-9, arrived on scene and began tracking the suspect, Hill said. The dog followed the trail to Chandlerís home on Holley Street, about a mile away.


Chandler wasnít home, but had gone back to the home on Mill Street to retrieve his bicycle, Hill said.


ďSomehow, we crossed paths,Ē he said. ďHe had gone home and left again. Had we continued, (Xantos) probably would have tracked back to where he was apprehended.Ē


Nothing was reported missing from the garage.


Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.