K-9 Duke sniffs out suspect in Boston church break-in, leads to arrest

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BOSTON — A suspect accused of breaking into St. Monica Church was arrested early this morning thanks to the keen senses of a police K-9 named Duke.

At approximately 3:44 a.m., officers from District C-6 arrested Steven Cyr, 61, of South Boston for the alleged break-in at 331 Old Colony Ave.

Officers were called to the scene by church security and found a broken window large enough for a person to enter the church, while other doors remained secured.

After establishing a perimeter, officers requested assistance from a K-9 unit.

Duke, the police dog, was brought in to conduct a protective sweep of the premises.

The K-9 alerted officers to the presence of someone in the church’s basement, where they subsequently located Cyr.

Initially, Cyr attempted to deceive officers by providing a false name, but his true identity was uncovered during the booking process.

Cyr has been charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime and furnishing a false name.

He is expected to be arraigned at South Boston District Court.

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