A Palo Alto police dog helped officers in locating and arresting a man who allegedly burglarized a vacant commercial building in Palo Alto, according to a department press release.
On Sunday, Jan. 11, at about 3:20 p.m., a security guard patrolling a construction site on the 1600 block of California Avenue called police to report that someone had broken into one of the site's vacant buildings.
Officers found evidence that someone had forced entry into the locked construction site and had locked the building from inside, police said.
A police K-9 dog assisted the officers with the search and located Alexander Mabutas Handang, 41, hiding inside the building. Handang did not comply with the officers' commands and became combative when officers attempted to restrain him, police said. The K-9 bit Handang on his forearm, which helped officers take the man into custody.
Officers found a flashlight, gloves, bolt cutters and other burglary tools. Investigators believe Handang broke into the locked construction site to steal metal and wire.
Handang, a San Jose resident, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of the minor bite wound and a small abrasion to his face, which occurred during the struggle with officers.
He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges of felony burglary, misdemeanor possession of burglary tools and misdemeanor resisting arrest.
Investigators do not believe this case is related to two other burglaries that took place in an adjacent property in December.
Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.