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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Two suspected home invaders are in jail thanks in part to a police dog.

He's the youngest member of Albany's police force. But even at the ripe old age of 1, Bubi is already solving cases.

"He's a part of our arsenal. He's a member of the police force that we're going to look to and count on for years to come," said APD Sergeant Gregory Elder.

The bomb and gun sniffing German shepherd put his training to work Monday morning when officers were called to a home invasion at 207 Pinson Road.

"Two assailants entered the residence and assaulted two male Hispanics and one female Hispanic. One of the suspects had a handgun, the other was wielding a crowbar," said Detective Charlie Roberts.

Bubi, who has been with the force since January, picked up the scent of the handgun used in the robbery, but the trail started not far from where it ended.

"He was able to come in and do and air scan for a firearm and alerted in the area exactly where the item was recovered," said Elder.

Inside a mobile home right next door to the scene of the crime, Bubi found the gun.

"He alerted me in a passive motion in the way he sits from the odor. I found the black bag that he sat on and when we opened it up we found the item that was retrieved," said APD Sgt. Bennie Wilson.

Officers arrested Derek Roberson and Rockney Puckerin, both 29, at the mobile home. The two consented to a search.

While the police pooch used his snout to sniff out the weapon, officers also credit good police work and help from the community in quickly getting these two off the streets.

"We deployed our techniques as a team and managed to get a hold of those suspects," said Elder

Bubi was born in Czechoslovakia and trained in Florida on thirty different training aids including smokeless powder and gun powder.

Those two home invasion suspects are facing burglary and armed robbery charges.

Police say the robbery victims were not seriously hurt.

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