SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A brazen bank robbery suspect is now behind bars, thanks to a sheriff's deputy who's just two-years-old.
The robbery happened Thursday at the Chase Bank on San Elijo Road in San Marcos. Several deputies, as well as the sheriff's Astrea Helicopter helped take down the bank robbery suspect, but what really made a difference was Axel.
Axel is just two-years-old and only three months into his job with the San Diego Sheriff's Office, and Axel is already proving how helpful K-9's can be.
It was just after 3:00 p.m. Thursday, when according to investigators, a man identified later as 29-year-old Josiah Jeremiah Mays, walked into a Chase Bank on San Elijo Road and demanded cash from several tellers.
Mays, who witnesses say was wearing a mask, goggles and leather gloves, got what he wanted and then ran away.
All deputies knew was that he headed south toward a series of walking trails.
Having nothing else to go on, Axel stepped in.
"I gave him the track command to see if he'd pick up on any odor and uh we started tracking and we started tracking south down the footpath to a kinda a makeshift path that was off to the east,” said Deputy Bill Dunford with the San Diego Sheriff's Office.
Axel kept walking, leading deputies across a small creek, up a steep hill, and through rugged terrain.
After about 15 minutes, axel discovered the first clue. He dove into the bushes and pulled out a sock, which seemed like it had recently been placed there.
Using that scent, he immediately started checking a nearby area. And there, underneath some bushes:
“"Deputy Allen, Deputy Reilly went in to the same spot where Axel was showing interest and as they were checking, Deputy Reilly spotted a pair of shoes, and it ended up being the suspect,” explained one deputy.
Deputies arrested Mays and confiscated the money he allegedly stole.
As for Axel, he was congratulated for a job well done.
This is Axel's fourth suspect takedown since he's been with the department. Officials are now looking into whether this bank robbery suspect is linked to other robberies in the area.