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Pasco deputies, dog track Beacon Woods intruders; man arrested


Deputies and their dog track home intruder

A rock crashed through the kitchen window around 5 a.m. Monday.

Two strangers crawled inside the house in Beacon Woods where a man and his wife, 85 and 80 years old, slept. They started rooting through the house when the woman awoke and called 911. The intruders ran.

Deputies responded and created a perimeter to block in the area. A canine unit started tracking the men and found the husband's wallet and some of its contents.

The dog, Pete, led deputies to Thomas Alfonso, who was running between houses to avoid deputies, according to a report. Alfonso, 22, didn't comply with deputies' commands, and Pete bit him in the back of the head.

Alfonso was arrested near the intersection of Camp Creek and Split Rail, less than a quarter-mile from the break-in on Longstrap Lane, authorities said.

He was taken to a hospital where he got three stitches. He was then taken to Land O'Lakes jail. He was still there Tuesday in lieu of $150,000 bail. Deputies were searching for the other man.

Pasco deputies, dog track Beacon Woods intruders; man arrested 06/28/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:38pm]
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