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Dogs chase burglar after presents

Dec. 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

GAINSVILLE, Fla., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Score one for man's best friend: Barking dogs chased a would-be robber targeting Christmas gifts out of a Florida home, police said.

Timothy Devon Lawrence, 36, of Gainsville, Fla., broke into a home around 3 a.m. as the homeowners were asleep upstairs and was allegedly ready to boost some 18 packages, police said. That's when the victim's alert pooches awoke and began barking, the Gainsville (Fla.) Sun said Wednesday. When the victim opened her bedroom door, the dogs raced downstairs and chased Lawrence out of the house.

The woman called police who used canines of their own to track the suspect to a nearby residence where Lawrence had also tried to break in, officers said. He allegedly was found hiding in nearby bushes and charged with burglary, grand theft and possession of a concealed firearm, police said.

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