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Burglar shoots pit bull before fleeing St. Petersburg home

ST. PETERSBURG — A pitbull terrier that apparently interrupted a Wednesday morning burglary of his master's house was shot by the fleeing burglar, police said.

Achilles, a 5-year-old red nose pitbull terrier, took a slug to the shoulder about 10:30 a.m. and was taken to an animal hospital for treatment, police said.

The incident took place at a home in the 4100 block of Iris Street N, police said. It was the second time in as many days that Louis Russell's home had been burglarized, police said, but the 27-year-old did not report the incident to police. The burglar broke through the glass window of the rear door and stole some electronics.

Russell covered the damaged door with plastic but hadn't yet fixed the door, police said. He returned home from work Wednesday to check on his house when he saw a man run out the back, get in a car and drive off.

The owner went inside and discovered that his house had been burglarized again and that his dog had been shot.

Police said the rear door had been forced open and that they found at least two shell casings from a large-caliber handgun inside. Outside they found parts of a video game system that the burglar apparently dropped as he fled.

The burglar is described as a black man in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall and about 175 to 180 pounds. He had short hair and was wearing a dark long-sleeve shirt.

He was seen driving a blue 1980s model two-door Buick Regal with tinted windows and 20-inch chrome spoke rims.

Police ask anyone with information to call them at (727) 893-7780. Anonymous tipsters can call (727) 892-5000 or text (727) 420-8911.

Burglar shoots pit bull before fleeing St. Petersburg home 11/03/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 4:27pm]
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