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Sheriff’s Office makes arrest in morning burglary

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; February 26, 2015 ---- On February 26th, 2015 at approximately 5:37 am, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a single family home on Montpelier Court in Westminster for the report of a breaking and entering in progress. Upon arrival, the homeowner reported waking up to noises within the home and encountered a male standing in the residence. The suspect fled the residence on foot.

The description of the suspect and his last known direction of travel was relayed to responding Sheriff’s deputies, Maryland State Police Troopers,  and Westminster City Police officers. The suspect was located and identified as Brandon Michael Cook, a 24 year old male from Westminster.

Based upon the investigation, Brandon Cook was arrested and charged with one count of CR6-202 1st Degree Burglary, one count of CR6-204 3rd Degree Burglary, one count of CR6-205 4th Degree Burglary, one count of CR6-205 4th Degree Burglary w/ Theft, and one count of CR7-104 Theft less than $1000.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 410-386-2900 or the Anonymous TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP.



Carroll County Sheriff’s K9s Nero and Zsundi receive ballistic vests

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; February 26, 2015 ---- Carroll County Sheriff’s K9 Nero and K9 Zsundi have received ballistic vests thanks to a non profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc and Mid -Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1100 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of $1,045,000.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufacturer by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was named as a charity partner in March of 2014 in a nation wide Groupon Campaign which raised over $335,000 in 19 days. The non profit will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014. All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, “In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police”.

The vests were provided at no cost to Carroll County, and greatly improve the safety of Nero and Zsundi during K9 operations. With this addition, all four Carroll County Sheriff’s Office K9s are now equipped with ballistic vests.


K9 Nero (left) and handler Corporal Doug Carr with K9 Zsundi (right)


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