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Waterford - Police said they arrested a man who had long avoided capture with the help of their police dog Friday.
Michael Staphos, 44, of 7 Center Road was charged with violation of probation, interfering with police and simple trespass on railroad property following the 9:30 a.m. incident.
Sgt. Roger Reed said Staphos fit the description of the suspect in a few recent burglaries in the south end of town. When Patrolman Pat Flanagan spotted him in the area and attempted to question him, Staphos took off down the railroad tracks and ran into the woods. He was captured by Patrolman Todd O’Connell and his K-9 partner, Atos, Reed said.
Staphos, who had been convicted of sixth-degree larceny in 2004 and sentenced to one year or probation, had an outstanding warrant for violation of probation dating back to 2005. He was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court later this month.