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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 16-year-old is in jail after Wilmington Police say he broke into a store and was bitten by a police dog.

When officers responded to an alarm at Buffaloes grocery store at 4924 Wrightsville Ave. around 12:45 they say they saw three people running from the store. Despite officers yelling commands to them to stop, they kept running into the woods.

The SABLE helicopter directed a K-9 unit to one of the suspects, who police say was hiding under a bush in the woods behind the business. K-9 Arko bit 16-year-old Guthrie William Sharkey in the face area during his arrest for breaking and entering, hinder and delay and larceny.

After police took Sharkey to the hospital for treatment, they booked him into the New Hanover County Jail under a $10,000.

WPD detectives continue to investigate.


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