K-9 tracks down man trespassing near north suburban homes

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K-9 Dax | Lake County sheriff’s office

A man was charged with criminal trespass after K-9 Dax and his handler tracked him down at a home in north suburban unincorporated Antioch.

At 2:00 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a call of a suspicious person in the 25900 block of West Hermann Avenue, according to a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office. The caller said a man was outside her home pounding on the garage door, yelling in the backyard and then walked away.

Responding deputies heard a male voice screaming in the distance, according to the sheriff’s office. K-9 Dax and his handler Deputy John Forlenza got to the home and traced a scent through several yards before finding a man near the front door of a home on the 2600 block of Grass Lake Road.

Gregory A. Koch | Lake County sheriff’s office

Gregory A. Koch | Lake County sheriff’s office

Gregory Koch, 25, claimed he lived at the house but deputies later found out he did not, authorities said. The homeowner told deputies Koch was in a garage on his property.

Koch, of unincorporated Antioch, was charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass to property and disorderly conduct, according to authorities. He was released on a $1,500 bond.

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