RPD: K9 Helps Officers Arrest Man After Suspect Damages Dollar Tree On Athens Avenue

It’s hard to say what’s on someone’s mind when they break into the Dollar Tree. At 12:23AM Sunday morning Redding Police responding to a burglar alarm at the Dollar Tree on Athens Avenue found the front door shattered so they surrounded the store and called for Otto the K9. After announcing the presence of the dog, officers accompanied Otto in a search. Several displays had been damaged and a fire extinguisher had been sprayed around. Eventually 42-year-old Justin Vess of Hayfork was reportedly found inside a locked bathroom in the back of the store. He was flushed out with pepper spray and Otto latched onto his leg. After being treated at a hospital, Vess was booked into jail.