Police K-9 helps nab Palmetto burglary suspect

MANATEE -- An alert neighbor called law enforcement after seeing a teenager acting suspiciously at a neighbor's house about 11 a.m. today.

The teen rode up on a bicycle to the house in the 2700 block of 4th Avenue East, Palmetto, checked the front door, jumped up to peek in a window, and tried to pry the front door open, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrived in time to see a teen wearing a light tan sports coat and a beanie run from the residence.

The deputies set up a perimeter and brought in a K-9 unit, which tracked the suspect to a shed at the rear of the house.

The suspect was challenged several times to come out and surrendered after being bitten by K-9 "Ranger."

Deputies discovered that while tracking the suspect, he had shed his beanie, the sports coat and his shirt, and dropped a screwdriver.

The suspect had three outstanding warrants and was also listed as a runaway.

He was treated for his injuries at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and detained. He is also a suspect in another burgary at 2600 8th Avenue East.

In the second burglary incident, an intruder activated a burglary alarm. Nothing was taken, but a rear sliding door had been pried open. The two burglary incidents occurred minutes apart.