Cops: K-9 helps cops catch gas station burglar

09/26/2013 12:15 AM |
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Sundiata Evans was arrested and charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor after police said they caught him burglarizing a gas station.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Sundiata Evans was arrested and charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor after police said they caught him burglarizing a gas station.

A Riverhead man was arrested early Wednesday morning after police said he was caught by a K-9 in a gas station he had burglarized.

Riverhead police said they were alerted after a commercial burglary alarm went off around 4 a.m. at 1212 E. Main Street, the site of OK Petro, as well as a mini mart. Upon arrival with several patrol cars and a K-9 unit, police reported that the front door had been damaged and while an officer was attempting to enter the shop, he noticed the burglar inside.

According to Riverhead police, 20-year-old Sundiata Evans then fled within the building and was soon after caught with the help of the K-9 they had brought along.

He was charged with third-degree burglary, criminal mischief in the third degree, both felonies, as well as resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. He was held pending an arraignment.

Wednesday morning was a busy one for the Riverhead police force: police were called to the scene of a reported armed robbery attempt around 7:15 a.m. at CVS on Route 58, as well as another burglary at Stotzky Park, where thieves reportedly stole a cash register, candy and soda from the Little League shed.

GOOGLE MAPS | OK Petro was burglarized Wednesday morning, according to police, who caught the man responsible for it, they said.

GOOGLE MAPS | OK Petro was burglarized Wednesday morning, according to police, who caught the man responsible for it, they said.