PALMETTO — A sheriff's office police dog helped track down a man accused of possessing burglary tools and prowling Saturday.
A Manatee County Sheriff's deputy who was on patrol in the 1300 block of 16th Avenue East in Palmetto around 9:15 p.m. spotted a man walking by the train tracks, according to a media release.
The deputy stopped the man, who he saw was carrying a gas can, industrial sprayer and a set of bolt cutters, the release states.
The man, later identified as Jeremy W. Riffe, proceeded to run off into the woods, deputies said.
Another deputy arrived with police dog Rex, who tracked Riffe into a wooded area and found him in some dense brush. The dog bit Riffe on his left hamstring and upper right arm, according to authorities.
Riffe was treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
He is charged with possession of burglary tools, loitering and prowling and resisting arrest without violence.