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Police: Fleeing Florida burglary suspect stopped for beer

May 21, 2013 at 3:54 PM   |   Comments

LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla., May 21 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a burglary suspect fleeing from officers allegedly stopped to steal a couple beers from a home.

Investigators said they were called to a Lighthouse Point townhouse at 2 a.m. Saturday on a report from a neighbor who said it appeared the home was being burglarized while the residents were out of town, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Tuesday.

Andrew Fatzinger, 21, of Port St. Lucie fled on foot when officers ordered him to stop and was later spotted walking a few blocks away by investigators in a Broward Sheriff's Office helicopter.

"Further search by all the units on the scene resulted in a long foot pursuit," officer M. Riemer wrote in the arrest report.

A deputy in the helicopter said Fatzinger was seen entering another home during the chase and emerging with two bottles of beer, which he then threw while fleeing.

Police said Fatzinger, who was apprehended following an encounter with a K-9 unit, smashed all the TVs in the townhouse and tried to steal items, including a pair of laptops, electronics and some medications.

The owner of the home where Fatzinger allegedly stole the beer bottles told police he also wants to press charges.

Fatzinger was charged with multiple counts, including home burglary, grand theft, striking a police dog and resisting arrest with violence.

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