Suspect’s doggedness lands him in police custody again

LYNNWOOD – A would-be burglar was once bitten.

Seems he wasn’t twice shy.

Police arrested a 17-year-old boy Monday morning after he allegedly tried to break into a house by wiggling through the dog door.

Five months ago, the same boy was bitten in the leg by police dog Dygon after the teen tried to break into a house by squeezing through a dog door, Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy Rich Niebusch said.

“Apparently he didn’t learn his lesson,” Niebusch said.

On Monday, police said, the boy rang the doorbell at a house in the 2100 block of 201st Place SW. When no one answered, he tried the door, but it was locked.

He attempted to wriggle through the dog door. When that didn’t work, he tried to wedge a stick in the door.

A woman was home at the time. She called police.

The boy ran as deputies arrived. Police caught up with the teen, who tussled with deputies. Police forcibly restrained the boy.

He was taken to Providence Everett Medical Center as a precaution after his run-in with deputies. He was later booked into the Denney Juvenile Justice Center for investigation of attempted burglary.

He was arrested for the same offense May 1 after trying to break into a house in the 100 block of 155th Street SE, Niebusch said.

He rang the doorbell about 20 times and then left. The resident, who was home at the time, left for a dentist appointment. The teen returned and a neighbor watched him try to break in.

Deputies arrived and the teen ran. He was tracked to some thick brush. He refused to give up and deputies sent in Dygon, who bit the boy. The teen was treated at local hospital.

His dogged attempts at burglaries are a little puzzling, police said.

“Most crooks won’t try dog doors. They don’t like to mess with dogs. This guy’s a bit unusual,” Niebusch said.

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