K9 Officer Bulzi Busts Suspected Blue Dog Burglar in Chesterfield

Charles George Peters was arrested Sunday, after leading Chesterfield Township police on a foot chase down Gratiot, police said Tuesday.

With K9 Officer Bulzi leading the chase, Chesterfield Township police captured and arrested a 20-year-old Chesterfield Township man Sunday, who is alleged to have burglarized the Blue Dog party store on Gratiot this past weekend.

Charles George Peters was arraigned via video in 42-2 District Court in New Baltimore Monday for breaking and entering, larceny in a building and resisting and obstructing a police officer, all felony charges that could total 16 years in prison. Peters was set a $10,000 bond.

On May 20, at approximately 4:30 a.m., Chesterfield police responded to an alarm at the , at 49108 Gratiot.

Officers saw the front window of the store smashed and found a broken cinder block by the window. A search of the store revealed the suspect had escaped just prior to the arrival of police.

Officers surrounded the area, while Officer Chris Swanson and his K-9 partner, Bulzi, began tracking the suspect south. Bulzi led officers south along Gratiot and east into a field where Peters, who had been lying in the brush, got up and started running, according to police. 

Police said Peters was ordered to stop, but continued to run from police, dropping a backpack containing beer and cigarettes from the store, in the process.

Swanson then unleashed Bulzi who brought a struggling Peters down and held him there until officers arrived, according to Chesterfield police.

Peters was handcuffed and taken into custody. Chesterfield Sgt. Deron Myers said Peters "ultimately confessed to involvement in the burglary" and cooperated with police.

NOTE: This story was updated at 1:30 p.m. May 23 to include the link to the correct Blue Dog Party Store.

Tom Levy May 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
It's too bad that these successes will soon come to an end. Our police chief and township board no longer want a K-9 unit, make sure your insurance is is paid and up to date. They must have better things to do with the money that people want to donate to the police K-9 unit.
T.K. Scott May 23, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Your map and photo show the wrong Blue Dog party store. It was the store at Gratiot and Scholar
John Hetzler May 23, 2012 at 05:18 PM
T.K., we have corrected the link. Thank you for pointing it out.
John Peters May 27, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Nice work Chris and Bulzi! And the Chief wants to get rid of you why?


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