Boynton's crime-fighting Chihuahua

By Al Pefley - bio | email

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Two off-duty Boynton Beach officers and a four-pound female Chihuahua team up to help nab a pair of burglars who broke into a car.

Mitchell Knight, 18, and Alonzo Johnson, 26, both of  Ft. Lauderdale, are charged with auto burglary.

Boynton Beach Police say on Monday two off-duty officers were in the right place at the right time and caught the two suspects.

Police officer Eric Reynolds spotted the men's car and arrested one of the suspects, Johnson, at a gas station as he was pumping gas.

Sgt. John Bonafair happened to be in the same area at that time taking a walk with his Chihuahua, Bella.

Bonafair chased down the other suspect, Mitchell, with the Chihuahua's help. "I tackled the subject in an area that wasn't readily visible. Bella stayed with me and began barking and  consequently alerted the other officers to where I was at.  I was very impressed; I was very impressed. I didn't really know she had it in her," Sgt. Bonafair said.

For her heroic efforts, Sgt. Bonafair gave Bella a tiny Boynton Beach Police badge to wear on her dog collar. Bonafair says he couldn't be more proud of her.