Dog helps catch burglars in the act

Two 14-year-olds and an 18-year-old have been charged in connection with a burglary at 106 Coleridge Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

Police say they caught the three in the act after a tip from a neighbor who observed the suspects enter an apartment through a window was called in.

When police arrived on scene, officers secured a perimeter and announced they were outside several times, ordering the suspects to exit the residence or a canine would be released. When the suspects didn't respond, police sent in the canine.

A 14-year-old male was bitten by the dog and taken to the hospital for a minor injuries to his lower legs. The two other suspects were caught shortly after and taken into custody.

The 18-year-old suspect has been identified as Jerome Bowens, of Syracuse. The two other suspects will not be identified due to their age. All three suspects were found in the possession of the victim's stolen property.

Each of the suspects has been charged with burglary in the second degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, petit larceny, and possession of burglar's tools. Bowens is being held at the Justice Center and will appear before a judge on Wednesday. Both 14-year-old juveniles were turned over to their parents and will appear in Family Court at a later date.