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March 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Suspected burglar caught by K-9 dog in Burien

A burglary suspect was successfully tracked down by a King County K-9 dog today after the suspect and his partner-in-crime fled a Burien home.

The two suspects had been at a home in the 500 block of South 158th Street when the 80-year-old resident returned home and saw a red SUV in his garage and  his wife’s car door open.

He was confronted by one of the men, who brandished a shotgun and ordered him to the ground, said King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cindi West. When the victim did not move fast enough, she said, the suspect struck the homeowner in the knees and face with the butt of the gun.

The man with the gun then got into the SUV and took off, leaving the other burglar behind, she  said.

The burglar left behind was seen running from the back of the house, she said. Police were called around 11:30 a.m.,  and quickly set out to track the man with a K-9 dog.

The 27-year-old suspect, a Tacoma man, was found hiding in bushes near South 163rd Street and Highway 509, West said.

 Police are still looking for the other man.

 The victim was treated at Highline Hospital and released, West said. The victim’s wife was not home during the burglary.

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