Police dog nabs Bradenton burglary suspect after lengthy chase

April 22, 2013 

Detectives say a burglary suspect dropped this bicycle in front of a residence in the 2000 block of 30th Avenue West in Bradenton on Monday morning. Authorities were using a helicopter and K-9 unit to search for the suspect.

MANATEE -- A 16-year-old boy was arrested on burglary charges after leading law officers on a lengthy chase Monday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

At about 11:30 a.m., deputies and Bradenton police officers responded to a report of a suspect burglarizing homes in the Casa Del Sol and Garden Heights neighborhoods. The first break-in happened in the 2600 block of 30th Street West; and the second in the 2800 block of 21st Street West, according to a news release.

The suspect, later identified as Dontra Pompey, spotted deputies, dropped two computers and fled on foot.

"A sheriff’s K-9 unit chased the suspect for almost 40 minutes where he intermittently hid in sheds and back yards in the area working his way southbound from the scene of the homes and sheds that he was burglarizing," a report states.

Ultimately Pompey was located by the sheriff’s Aviation Unit running into Bethel Baptist Church. 1801 30th Ave. W.

Deputies found Pompey, who resisted arrest. A police dog helped take him into custody by biting him, leaving superficial bite wounds, according to the sheriff's office.

Pompey is charged with two counts of burglary and will be charged by Bradenton police with one count of armed burglary, according to the sheriff's office.

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