SALEM A would-be burglar in Salem was caught after he was sniffed out by two Marion County police dogs.

Marion County Deputies Andrew Derschon and Jerry Wollenschaer, along with their canine, Yo, were checking several businesses around 4:30 a.m. Monday where recent thefts had taken place.

During the search, the deputies found fresh footprints and wheel marks from a handcart in a field near 270 Cordon Road NE, according to a spokesman for Marion County.

The officers saw a large hole cut in the fence and a pile of Christmas decorations, a 50-pound cement statue, clothing, spray paint cans and a can of gasoline.

The deputies secured the perimeter around the building. Deputy Jason Bernards and his canine, Rolo, were brought in to assist.

After several minutes, Yo found Charles Petty, 42, hiding in a greenhouse.

Petty said he is a transient from Salem, He was treated at the Salem Hospital for dog bites and taken to the Marion County Jail on charges of burglary, trespassing, criminal mischief and attempted theft.

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