01/21/2015 09:28 EST | Updated 03/23/2015 01:59 EDT

Police credit dog for finding Alberta man hiding inside couch in Vancouver home

VANCOUVER - Police in Vancouver nearly gave up their search for an Alberta fugitive until a service dog sniffed out the man's hiding place — inside a couch.

As Lupo began focusing on a couch in the living room of a home on the city's east side, officers, who'd looked high and low for their suspect, lifted the rather heavy piece of furniture and removed the fabric from the bottom.

Police say they discovered 36-year-old Adam Harlock nestled in a cavity and have their four-legged colleague to thank for a job well done.

Insp. Ian Upton says that in his 24 years as a police officer, he's never heard of anyone taking refuge in a couch.

Police say Harlock was on the run after being ordered to serve a three-and-a-half year sentence for drug offences.

Harlock is being returned home but police say his new digs may not be as comfortable as his hiding spot.