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* Martinez Police Dog Catches Fleeing Burglar Pittsburg Resident Miguel Aguilar As He Ran From A Home On Temple Drive

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A Martinez police dog named Canto chased down an ex-convict todayafter he allegedly tried to break into a home and then steal a car, police said.According to police, 40-year-old Pittsburg resident Miguel Aguilar tried to break into a home on Temple Drive at around 9 a.m., but the owner of the home interrupted him.Aguilar allegedly had a knife and fled the home on foot. The homeowner chased after him in a vehicle and called police.As Martinez police officers and Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputies were searching the area, a resident in the 2300 block of Minaret Drive called to report that a man matching Aguilar’s description was attempting to steal a vehicle.When the Martinez police canine officer arrived with Canto, Aguilar allegedly fled the vehicle, broke a fence and attempted to escape through the backyard, police said. The dog caught up to him and police arrested him without further incident.Aguilar was being treated at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center for injuries caused by the dog and will be booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of attempted residential burglary, attempted auto theft and resisting arrest, police said.Investigators said that Aguilar has an “extensive criminal history” and has served time in prison.

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