CHICAGO
07/24/2012 11:59 am ET

Bloodhound Sniffs Out Robbery Suspect: Melanie Credited With Nabbing Suspected Criminal

A 4-year-old bloodhound is being called a "rock star" for her help in nabbing a bank robbery suspect in suburban Chicago Monday.

The Glenview State Bank branch, located at 2610 Golf Road near Glenview, Ill., was robbed around 12:10 p.m. Monday by a man who implied that he had a weapon, took an unspecified amount of money, then fled the scene, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office put Melanie, the bloodhound, to work on tracking the robber's scent and the dog led authorities to an apartment complex about a block and a half away from the bank, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Melanie next led police directly to the alleged robber's apartment.

"She put her paws up on the door to the apartment complex, Cook County Sheriff’s office spokesman Frank Bilecki told the Sun-Times. "She proceeded to go down a long hallway and put her paws up again on another door."

Police showed photos taken from the bank's surveillance cameras to a man inside that apartment, who admitted that the person pictured in the photo was a man who had been staying with him for some time, according to NBC Chicago.

The suspect is in custody, though no charges have been filed as of Tuesday morning.

According to the Sun-Times, Melanie has contributed to the capture of between 20 and 30 suspects including an escaped inmate found in a portable toilet last December and a burglary suspect who hid in a crawlspace.

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