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St. Lucie West shoplift suspect punches police dog before being arrested

By Scott T. Smith / CBS12.com
ST. LUCIE WEST, Fla. -- Police say a 48-year-old Port St. Lucie man tried to shoplift from two hardware stores Tuesday but only succeeded in getting mangled by a police dog and quickly arrested.

Port St. Lucie Police report that Mark Earl Cross, of 2580 SW Bayshore Blvd., attempted thefts at Home Depot at 700 SW St. Lucie West Blvd. and a Lowe's across the street.

According to police, Cross went to Lowe's at 10 a.m. and cut a hole in the garden center's fence, then went to the Home Depot and used a hacksaw to cut a lock off a garden center gate. Police say he went inside the Home Depot, but left quickly and returned to Lowe's, where he grabbed three drills and placed them next to the hole in that garden center's fence. He left the store and circled around to the fence, but suspicious store employees had removed the drills before he could get to them.

Police say Cross left the store on his bike, but was intercepted by police at the entrance to King’s Isle Community. Cross bailed off his bike and ran into a wooded area, where a tracking dog found him. Police say he punched the police dog before being taken into custody, suffering cuts to his face, chest and fingers in the scuffle.

Police found a pair of wire cutters on Cross, and Home Depot employees found bolt cutters and a hacksaw next to the breached gate.

Cross was jailed on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling, possession of burglary tools, grand theft, criminal mischief, trespassing and resisting officers with violence.St. Lucie West shoplift suspect punches police dog before being arrested

Wednesday, September 19 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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