Middletown burglary suspect can’t outrun police canine

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A Middletown police canine recently chased down a fleeing burglary suspect.

William Ashley, 49, of Bonita Drive, entered a house in the 2800 block of Grand Avenue at about 2 a.m. April 11 believing that no one was home, according to a Middletown police report.

Ashley took a table and chair from a nearby tool shed to help him enter the house through an unlocked window, police said.

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William Ashley
William Ashley

Ashley went through the house with a flashlight and was looking through drawers for anything of value, according to police.

The home’s resident was awakened by the noise and called police after she saw the light from Ashley’s flashlight and locked herself in her bedroom, police said.

Middletown police canine Chase was used to track a person that officers saw running through a wooded area west of the home.

Chase tracked Ashley for about 300 yards before apprehending him, according to police.

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Ashley was transported to Atrium Medical Center and treated for a dog bite after he refused to comply with orders given by police.

Police found three necklaces, two bracelets, eight rings and a ribbon pin when they apprehended Ashley.

Ashley is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; possession of criminal tools, a first-degree misdemeanor; and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor.