A police dog and its handler's chase in the dark over rocky terrain has been revealed by Northern Constabulary's chief constable.
Dogs were involved in 41 drug searches in recent months
In a report, Ian Latimer said the pair tracked and apprehended the "main suspect" in a series of post office break-ins and other crimes.
Mr Latimer also told of a search dog locating drugs and a large quantity of cash on its first job for the force.
The details are given in a report to Friday's Northern Joint Police Board.
Three handlers were tasked in the search for suspects involved in break-ins across the Highlands and neighbouring force areas.
In his report, Mr Latimer said: "On one occasion when the thieves were disturbed in Lochaber, during the hours of darkness, and made their getaway over hillside and rocky terrain, a handler and his dog tracked, chased and apprehended the main suspect.
"Another of the handlers and his canine companion located a safe from one of the break-ins."
Northern's dog section were also key in arrests following break-ins, an assault and an alleged stabbing.
Forty-one drug dog searches carried out between 1 October and 31 December, the period of time covered in the report.