A 19-year-old Westport resident who police said triggered an alarm while burglarizing the Athletic Shoe Factory store on Sunday night was tracked down a short time later by the police K-9 unit.
Jonathan Loeser of Bonnie Brook Road was charged with third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny in connection with the incident, reported about 6:20 p.m. Sunday at the sports goods store, 1560 Post Road.
Officers dispatched to the scene to investigate the alarm reported seeing that a rear window of the Athletic Shoe Factory was propped open and merchandise from the store was stacked outside beneath the window. No one was found inside the store, however.
After more merchandise was found in the vicinity outside the building, the Officer James Loomer and K-9 service dog, Koda, began tracking a suspect's scent from behind neighboring stores and out to Maple Avenue South. They continued tracking the suspect onto Post Road East toward the parking lot at the Pier I store, where Loeser was found, according to the report.
Officers were able to link evidence from the burglary scene to Loeser, police said, and he was taken into custody without incident.
Loeser's bond was set at $10,000 and he is scheduled to appear April 10 in Norwalk Superior Court.