Police dog tracks burglary suspect


A K-9 unit led officers to a man accused of breaking into someone’s 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.

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

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

Chandler wasn’t home, but had gone back to the home on Mill Street to retrieve his bicycle, Hill said.

“Somehow, we crossed paths,” he said. “He had gone home and left again. Had we continued, (Xantos) probably would have tracked back to where he was apprehended.”

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.