Paco’s actions lead to the arrest of a suspect trying to break into cars

Posted at 8:48 PM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 23:20:26-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - An unlikely hero's actions lead to an arrest of a car thief. Paco, a 2-year-old Chihuahua mix calls the Green Acres and Pinehurst community home.

"We adopted him two years ago in 2014. I originally adopted my other dog and I thought she needed another friend so we got Paco. They`re best of buddies," said Kellie Rey, his owner.

But Paco is very aware of who isn't a buddy to the neighborhood. On Dec. 1 around 3 in the morning, Paco woke up Kellie.

"He kept growling and he started to bark so I got up to look out the window to see what was going on," said Kellie, who spotted someone who wasn't supposed to be there. "He had a hoodie on and he had a backpack, so I watched him and he went down our neighbors driveway and that`s when I decided to call the cops."

Paco's intuition helped Portsmouth Police arrest 26-year-old Shaun Caldwell. He's now charged with vehicular trespass. Police believe iif Paco didn't wake up his owner, then Caldwell would have been successful in committing several robberies.

"He wants to protect his house, his people and his neighbors," said Kellie.

Because of his actions, Paco is now the official mascot for the community watch program.

"I'm a little overwhelmed by all this. I mean I know dogs and I know they try to protect their homes. That's all he was doing and we were just looking out for our neighbors," said Kellie.