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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

Auto Part Thief in CT Hides Under School Bus; Bitten by Police Dog

A man who broke into a body shop in Bristol snuck away when officers arrived and hid beneath a school bus nearly a mile down the road, reported Ari Mason of However, he didn’t escape for long, and soon a K-9 followed his scent and sniffed him out of his hiding spot, according to police.

Juan Gonzalez, 54, is accused of crawling under a chain link fence surrounding Ross's Auto Parts at 470 Terryville Road on the night of February 1, then using a piece of metal to pry open the doors, police said.

Police caught him trying to get inside after responding to a burglar alarm he set off. He managed to escape temporarily to a bus yard belonging to the First Student Bus Company, reported Mason.

The police dog bit Gonzalez’s his lower leg while he was crouched under the bus. Police then brought Gonzalez to department headquarters and EMTs treated his injuries, police told Mason.

Gonzalez was charged with third-degree criminal trespass, possession of burglar tools, criminal attempt to commit third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and interfering with an officer, reported Mason.

He was due in court the following morning and held on $25,000 bond. 

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