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Man arrested after allegedly stealing police canine SUV with dogs inside

Toronto police say a man is in custody after he allegedly stole a police canine unit SUV and then crashed a few blocks away, injuring himself but leaving the police pups unharmed.

Police say officers responded to reports of a break and enter shortly after 4 a.m. Monday near Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue. 

They say a suspect at the scene allegedly stole a police canine unit SUV with two dogs in the back.

Police say the suspect then drove west before he was involved in a collision at Lawrence Avenue and Keele Street. 

They say the suspect then allegedly tried to get into several vehicles at the scene of the collision, including a nearby taxi, before police arrested him. 

Police say the man was taken into custody and transported to hospital with non-life-threatening-injuries. 

In a news conference Monday, Toronto police Insp. Craig Young described the incident as "quite extraordinary" and "audacious."

There's no word on any potential charges at this time.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 8, 2022. 

The Canadian Press

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