Police catch thief who bashed dog with hammer
A dog is being treated for injuries after it was attacked with a mallet by a thief who police say broke into an automotive store and took off in a stolen vehicle.
Police said the suspect forced his way into Hawk Auto and Truck Accessories on Dawson Road North at around 2 am Friday.
He piled a number of automotive parts into as stolen truck.
While inside the store he was approached by a dog, which police said he attacked with a sledgehammer.
When police got to the shop the suspect felt in the truck, which led to a police chase in the city.
The man drove erratically in the area of Speers Road and Dawson Road N, speeding over a ditch and jumping over a set of railway tracks.
Police said the suspect then ran from the vehicle into a business in 500 block of Mission Street where he tried to hide.
Officers tracked him down with a police dog and took him into custody.
He is facing several charges including break and enter, flight from a police officer, possession of property obtained by crime and killing or injuring an animal.
Dog recovering, owner says
The owner of the shop, James Comeau, said the dog, Ozzy, has a large welt on its hip.
"That's the sad part about it," said Comeau. "He's such a nice dog that all of our customers come in and treat him very well."
Comeau said the canine appeared to be doing well, he's badly bruised and limping, but he's okay.
Police said the store was badly damaged. Staff has started the cleanup process Saturday.