ATLANTIC CITY - A Philadelphia fugitive, who allegedly burglarized a local food market Sunday, was arrested with the help of the city's newest K-9 team, police said.
Police responded to the Boom Food Market, 3601 Ventnor Ave, at 12:52 a.m. after receiving a report of a burglary in progress.
The front glass door of the market was shattered and a broken cash register was on the floor. Officers surrounded the business and saw a male suspect, identified as William Amaya, 32, of Atlantic City, inside the building, police said.
Police said he ignored orders to leave the building and, after the owner said he would sign complaints against anyone inside, K-9 Officer Sterling Wheaten with partner, Hagan, began searching the building.
Officers Anthony Alosi and Robert Toscano also started to search the market with Wheaton and the suspect was located in the back of the building.
Police said he then fled through a rear door toward St. David’s Place. Wheaten and Hagan pursued the suspect on foot along with Officer Muhammad Kaiser.
They were able to stop him near St. David’s Place and Winchester Avenue.
The suspect resisted arrest, so Wheaten used Hagan to apprehend him with Kaiser's assistance, police said.
Amaya was transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, for injuries he received while resisting arrest, and was released a short time later.
The investigation found Amaya was a fugitive wanted in Pennsylvania.
Amaya was charged with burglary, obstructing the administration of law, resisting arrest, and being a fugitive from justice.
This incident was Wheaten's first shift with his new K-9 partner, Hagan, since graduating from the Atlantic County Police K-9 Academy on Friday.
Hagan was one of two police dogs donated to the Police Department. Hagan was donated by James Binns of Philadelphia and Atlantic City K-9 Officer Sam Rando's partner, Duke, was donated by Cathy Burke, owner of Atlantic City's Irish Pub.