MANATEE -- A police dog nabbed a burglar who fell through the roof of a Bradenton restaurant early Thursday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Bryon Newville, 29, had intended to break into a pharmacy in a 14th Street West strip mall, but instead he fell into the Thai Spice restaurant, 6233 14th St. W., according to a news release.
Newville, who was injured in the fall, was found hiding in a freezer when deputies arrived, but he refused to come out. That's when deputies unleashed the police dog, who bit Newville on the right thigh. He then complied and was arrested, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputies responded about 4:05 a.m. after a caller notified 911 that they had seen someone, later identified as Newville, climbing onto the roof of the shopping center using the conduit from power meters on the side of the building.
Witnesses told responding deputies that no one had come down, so the sheriff's office requested a fire truck so they, including the K-9, could climb onto the building.
The dog immediately noticed that someone had moved a rooftop air handler, leaving a hole big enough for someone to fit through.
The fire department had a key to the restaurant. Deputies said they noticed "heavy damage" to the restaurant and a blood pattern that indicated Newville was injured in the fall through the ceiling. It also appeared he had moved through the restaurant and tried to open the cash register, according to the sheriff's office.
"It appears his intended target was the pharmacy, but he chose the wrong air handler to fall through," the news release states.
Newville was taken to a local hospital and then taken to the Manatee County jail.
He is being held on bonds totaling $20,500, facing charges of burglary causing more than $1,000 in damage and resisting arrest.