updated 10/10/2006 5:58:08 PM ET 2006-10-10T21:58:08

A man suspected of stealing a loaded beer truck was nabbed after a police dog followed a trail of beer and clothes to find him hiding on top of a porch, Edmonton police said Tuesday.

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The police dog was called out to a parking lot in the western Canadian city Monday morning where a beer delivery truck, recently stolen outside a liquor store, had been abandoned after a collision.

Edmonton police spokeswoman Karen Carlson said the dog and its handler followed a trail of discarded beer, a cooler, a hand cart and pieces of clothing to a nearby apartment building.

"I guess the dog had a pretty good scent to go on," Carlson said.

Just as police readied to enter the apartment building, the suspect was seen climbing out of a second-story window and onto the roof of the building's porch.

Police said the man was arrested without incident and charged with theft and hit and run.

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