A man who reportedly took his dog with him as he committed local burglaries has been sentenced to 18 months of probation, according to the county attorney.

A man who reportedly took his dog with him as he committed local burglaries has been sentenced to 18 months of probation, according to the county attorney.

Joshua S. Morse, 36, also was ordered to serve 60 days in jail as “shock time” unless his attorney can provide proof of a drug treatment plan for the defendant, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.

Morse was sentenced Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court. He was sentenced in three separate cases.

In one case, he was sentenced for possession of methamphetamine and two counts of battery of law enforcement officers. These crimes occurred Jan. 9 in Leavenworth.

In another case, he was sentenced to burglary and theft. These crimes took place Jan. 14 in Leavenworth.

In the third case, he was sentenced for another burglary that took place Jan. 23 in Lansing.

Morse pleaded no contest to the charges in February, according to Thompson.

The Jan. 9 incident reportedly began when a Leavenworth police officer noticed Morse with his German shepherd, Harley, at a convenience store on Spruce Street. The officer apparently was familiar with Morse and his dog. The officer also knew there were municipal court warrants for Morse' arrest.

When asked for identification, Morse reportedly gave a false name and told the officer he was watching the dog for the owner.

When a second officer arrived, Morse attempted to flee, but he was apprehended. While being arrested Morse reportedly elbowed and struck the officers. He also attempted to grab an officer's weapon, according to Thompson.

Morse later was released from custody.

On Jan. 15, employees arrived at Zeck Ford in Leavenworth and discovered that a van and building at the dealership had been burglarized, according to Thompson.

Police found what appeared to be human tracks and dog paw prints in snow. It also appeared that something had been dragged through the snow.

Morse was identified as a man seen in security video from the business. Morse appeared in the video carrying a backpack and walking with his dog. It was determined that a leash was the item that was dragged in the snow.

Morse reportedly could be seen in the video breaking into the van and building.

On Jan. 23, an employee reportedly found Morse and his dog in a closet at a dentist's office on North Main Street in Lansing. Police officers found a broken window in the back of the building.

Morse reportedly told officers his dog had jumped through the window and he followed, according to Thompson.

A backpack was found full of items from the dentist's office.

Morse was taken into custody and the dog was taken to Leavenworth Animal Control.

According to Thompson, Morse was eligible for probation under the state's sentencing guidelines.