Manhunt turns up empty

Published 5:46 pm Thursday, April 7, 2011

Chief Deputy Mike Lambert of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office and a member of the K-9 unit for the Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff's Department survey a field that the suspects may have fled through.|Photo by Chandler Myers

Deputies with the Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office led a manhunt on Thursday afternoon along with tracking dogs from Fountain Correctional Center and the Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to catch a suspect or suspect who fled after attempting to burglarize a home at 693 Pineville Road in Nokomis, but the hunt for the suspect ended without an arrest.

Law enforcement was called to the residence at approximately 3:20 p.m. when the homeowner called to report an attempted burglary.

According to reports, the homeowner allegedly returned home through the backdoor of her home to find her house was the victim of an intrusion. The suspect(s) upon witnessing the homeowner return went out the front door and fled on foot. It looked as if the suspect was attempting to steal guns, but was unsuccessful due to the homeowner coming home.

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Upon arriving a perimeter was set up and law enforcement personnel along with the tracking dogs began searching for the suspect(s). A plane flown by sheriff Grover Smith was also used in the search.

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said the dogs followed the tracks for about a mile.

“We were able to have the dogs track the suspect(s) for about a mile,” he said. “We think they made it to a vehicle and left the area.”

While the search did not turn any arrests, the ESCO is currently working leads to determine if they have any suspects.

Lambert said they are looking into a person of interest to find out if they are involved.

“Our investigators are working leads right now,” he said. “We may have a suspect, so we are looking into it to determine if it will lead to an arrest.”

If you have any information regarding this burglary contact the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at 251-867-0304.