Police dog tracks down Clinton Township woman accused of stealing boyfriend's log-splitter

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 48-year-old township woman has been charged with stealing her boyfriend's log-splitter in an incident that involved a domestic dispute, a chase and a police dog tracking her.

The incident began on the evening of July 12 when police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a township home.

A 44-year-old man told police that the woman, his girlfriend, had stolen his pickup truck with a log-splitter attached to it. She had driven off in the direction of Interstate 78 with the boyfriend chasing her in another vehicle, police say. He returned home after failing to find her.

A short time later, police received a report that the girlfriend had arrived back at the residence with the pickup truck but without the log-splitter, police said.

When police arrived at the home again, the truck was in the driveway, but the house appeared empty. Because the officers suspected the woman had fled when they arrived, the officers called for a K-9 officer to track the woman.

Readington Patrolman Chris Heycock and his dog Roman tracked the woman's scent out of a bedroom window, through a neighbor's yard and across Route 31, police said.

The woman was located near a gas station, arrested and charged with theft, receiving stolen property and harassment. She was released on her own recognizance.

The boyfriend was granted a temporary restraining order.

Police later located the log-splitter and returned it to its owner.

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