ANCHORAGE -

An Anchorage Police Department K-9 officer helped track down five teenagers who tried to burglarize a Midtown cigarette retailer early Thursday morning.

According to a statement from APD, Ofc. Darrell Evans and his K-9 partner, Jimmy Lee, were in the vicinity of Eau Clair Place shortly after 1 a.m., when Evans saw people running across Tudor Road and heard an alarm at the Tudor Smoke Shop at 1515 Tudor Rd. Several officers, including Evans, began to search the area for a total of five juveniles from 14 to 15 years old.

“After one of the suspects was caught in the nearby vicinity, Officer Evans and Jimmy Lee began searching for the other four subjects; one was discovered hiding in some bushes near Becharof Street and Chirikof Court, while Jimmy Lee tracked the other three to a shed near the 1300 block of Chirikof Court, where they were found hiding inside,” police wrote.

APD spokesperson Dani Myren says that while the teens were held at McLaughlin Youth Center, with charges of second-degree burglary and criminal mischief forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice, nothing was taken from the business.

“It was attempted (burglary),” Myren said. “There were some rocks thrown at the window, and they attempted to strike the window with a hammer when the alarm sounded.”

Thursday's attempted break-in is the latest in a series of incidents at the shop, according to Myren.

“The business has been heavily targeted,” Myren said. “There have been several successful and attempted break-ins in the last several weeks.”

At this point, Myren says police haven’t found any information linking the suspects in Thursday’s pursuit to the previous burglaries at the smoke shop. She says there also aren’t any apparent links to last weekend’s fire at Willow Creek Elementary School involving about 15,000 square feet of playground covering, in which the Anchorage Fire Department is seeking five boys 14 or 15 years old.

“There is nothing to tie them together,” Myren said.