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Highland man arrested after break-ins to get dog

Police arrested a man whom they believe has broken into the city's animal shelter twice in the past two weeks to rescue his impounded dog.

The 37-year-old Highland man was spotted running out the southwest door of the animal shelter, 950 W. 900 North, Tuesday just after 11 p.m. The man was carrying his Doberman mix when police caught and arrested him.Orem Police Lt. Bob Conner said the man's stray dog had been picked up several weeks ago by an Alpine/Highland animal control officer. The dog was transported to the Orem City Animal Shelter, which provides animal services to Al-pine/Highland police.

"That night, the shelter was broken into and the dog was gone," Conner said.

However, police were unable to locate the suspect. But the dog was picked up again this week. When he allegedly tried to remove the dog again Tuesday, an alarm sounded and police responded before he could get away.

Conner said the man was dressed in black and carrying a flashlight. He had broken a window to get into the shelter and used burglary tools to bend open the cage holding his dog. He was arrested for investigation of burglary, criminal mischief, vandalism, theft and possession of burglary tools.