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Man injured by police K-9 while trying to steal $5K worth of cigarettes from Findlay store

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Findlay, Ohio — A Toledo man’s attempt to allegedly steal around $5,000 worth of cigarettes from a Findlay store went up in smoke thanks to a police K-9.

An employee working at Casey’s, 1403 N. Main St., called 911 at approximately 3:11 a.m. Wednesday to report a burglary in progress. The business was closed at the time of the incident.

According to the report, a male had broken the glass door and made entry into the business.

A Findlay Police Department K-9 unit was in the area and arrived as the suspect was allegedly climbing out of the broken door with approximately $5,000 worth of cigarettes, according to police.

The man was ordered to stop but instead failed to comply with the officer’s commands, police said.

The K-9 was deployed, resulting in the suspect’s apprehension.

The suspect, identified as 53-year-old William J. Brewer Jr., of Toledo, sustained injury to his lower leg as a result of the K-9’s apprehension.

Brewer was transported to the Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Due to the extent of the injury, he was later transferred to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.


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