A Young Career Burglar Caught Near Onalaska by Canine, ONALASKA, April 11, 2011 - On April 8, 2011, the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a call for service off of FM-356 (North of Onalaska) in the Subdivision of Paradise Acres. The call was in reference to a burglary of a home in progress.
According to Detective Christopher Lima, Deputy Mark Dubose with the Sheriff's Office responded to the call and was able to locate the suspect vehicle leaving the area of the burglary. Dubose attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver, Michael Don Gates, 24, of Livingston, refused to stop for Deputy Dubose and a vehicle pursuit ensued.
Gates ditched the vehicle near Creekside Estates and fled on foot into a nearby wooded area. Deputies with the Sheriff's Office, Precinct 1 Constable's Office, and Onalaska Police Department arrived on scene and a perimeter was established around the wooded area where Gates was hiding.
Lieutenant And Lowrie along with his K-9 partner (Breton) arrived on scene and led the search for Gates in the wooded area. Gates was quickly apprehended by Lowrie and Breston.
As things turned out, Gates had already warrants for his and an investigation revealed that Gates had in fact burglarized two other locations.