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Andrew Fatzinger, Fla. man, breaks into home to grab beer while running from cops, report says

Andrew Fatzinger
Florida Dept. of Corrections
(CBS) LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. - Andrew Fatzinger, a 21-year-old Florida man, was arrested after a dramatic police chase that involved K-9 officers, a helicopter - and a quick beer stop, CBS Tampa Bay reports.

The incident began when police were called to a potential looting early Sunday morning. Their investigation led to the discovery of Fatzinger, who was reportedly caught destroying the home with mustard and illegible writing on the walls, according to the station.

The Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the victims of the looting were out of town during the break-in.

When responding authorities encountered Fatzinger, he was reportedly pacing the house with a t-shirt over his head and when they called out to him, he started to run.

A "long foot pursuit" ensued, Officer M. Riemer wrote in an incident report obtained by the paper. A helicopter from the Broward Sheriff's Office also reportedly flew over the area and K-9 officers were brought in to aid in the search.

At one point during the chase, an officer saw the suspect run onto a nearby patio for a short period of time before allegedly re-emerging with two bottles of Heineken beer, CBS Tampa Bay reports.

The K-9 unit ultimately caught up with Fatzinger, who allegedly tried one last time to escape by punching one of the dogs. According to the station, Fatzinger was injured in the fight with the animal and became unable to evade police any longer.

Fatzinger was arrested and charged with home burglary, grand theft, striking a police dog and resisting arrest with violence, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

A subsequent investigation of the home that was allegedly looted by Fatzinger, revealed that televisions had been broken, in addition to other acts of vandalism that the suspect is said to have committed. Authorities also indicated in the incident report that they found a suitcase containing electronics, medication and two laptops.

In total, Fatzinger is reported to have caused an estimated $5,000 in damage.

He also didn't get the Heineken commercial gig.

  • Crimesider Staff

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