Residential burglary solved

Published 3:26 pm Friday, November 7, 2008

A stolen dog was found through an investigation into a residential burglary.

The incident initially took place on Oct. 24, between 5 and 7 p.m. said Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier. Two suspects were charged with residential burglary, 20 year-old Philip Edward Seals and 19 year-old Bret Joseph Pugh.

On that date, the two suspects allegedly broke into a home located on Howell Road by kicking in the front door. A laptop computer was taken from the inside of the home and a pit bull was taken from the exterior of the residence, Saucier said.

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The suspects did not appear to know the victim, Saucier said.

“It appears to be a random act,” Saucier said.

Reward signs were posted by the victim in an attempt to recover the stolen dog. When the dog was reported to have been seen at 55 Boley Bypass Road, investigators went out to the address. The victim was able to identify the dog.

Investigation into the matter determined that address to be the home of Seal’s grandmother and established him as a suspect. Further investigation, which included interviews, established that Pugh and Seals had allegedly committed the burglary and stolen the dog.

The dog was returned to its owner but the laptop was not recovered. Saucier said the case is still under investigation.

Seals, of 49 Boley Bypass Rd., and Pugh, of 3 Patrice Rd., were both charged with burglary of an inhabited dwelling, Saucier said.