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Deputies nab burglary suspect with K-9 help

Special to Highlands Today
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 11:30 PM
SEBRING -

Highlands County Sheriff's Office deputies and K-9 dog, Cain, had to barge into a Thunderbird Road home Thursday to nab a burglary suspect, who broke into the home when it was occupied and refused to come out when deputies responded to the scene, a news release states.

Authorities were called to the home, 2606 Thunderbird Road, at 8:30 a.m. They were able to remove both the home occupants safely but the burglary suspect stayed put, the news release added.

They set up a perimeter, and had to enter the home when backup arrived.

Daniel Paul Boucher, 27, of 4408 Rachael Drive, Sebring, was charged with unarmed burglary of an occupied dwelling, obstruction of justice with violence and criminal mischief.

He was hurt after his "encounter" with the K-9 dog, the news release added, and had to be taken to a local medical facility for treatment.

"The coordination with our K-9 teams is essential during in-progress calls such as this case," Sheriff Susan Benton said the news release. "The K-9 plays a specific role, not only catching the bad guys but keeping deputies from having to go hands-on with an unwilling suspect."

Anyone with more information should contact the Highlands County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit and Detective Nathan Coogan at 863-402-7341 or 863-402-7250.

Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS(8477) or go to www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com

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