A Sauk County Sheriff's Office police dog helped deputies find and arrest a burglary suspect early Tuesday morning, by tracking the suspect from the break-in to an apartment about a mile away.

Keifer Henderson, 23, was tentatively charged with attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools, the Sheriff's Office said.

The attempted burglary happened at Bronco Billy's Saloon on Highway BD in the town of Delton.

A burglar alarm was set off at the tavern, with deputies responding arriving at the scene about two minutes after the 911 center got the alarm.

"Deputies found a window and a hole in a screen where entry had been made," said Sheriff Chip Meister. "The suspect fled the scene on foot and a K-9 was brought to the scene for tracking."

The dog tracked to an apartment building on Decorah Road in Ho-Chunk Village, an apartment complex northeast of the Ho-Chunk casino.

"A short time later a resident exited the apartment and gave deputies consent to enter the residence," Meister said. "Deputies made contact with the suspect and he confessed to the crime."

The incident remains under investigation.


Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.