Dog takes bite out of crime in Dover Twp., but suspect gets away


Northern York County Regional Police are looking for a man who used a plastic handgun to rob a Dollar General in Dover Township over the weekend.

Police responded to the armed robbery at 4911 Carlisle Road around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a press release.

Following an investigation, the police learned a 6-foot-tall, heavyset Hispanic male entered the store and waited for patrons to leave before approaching the counter to pay for a small item, police said.

As the cashier was making change, the suspect placed what appeared to be a pistol on the counter and demanded money from the register.

He left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled south, running through a yard in the 4800 block of Carlisle Road where he was bit on the arm by a large dog.

The man fled to an older-model, white Dodge Caravan, where he was approached by the dog's owner, according to the press release.

The dog's owner opened the door of the Caravan, and the suspect threatened him with the fake handgun.

The dog's owner instinctively slapped the gun away from the suspect; the van then sped off, travelling north on Carlisle Road, police said.

Neither the clerk, the dog's owner, nor the dog were injured during the incident.

According to the press release, the man was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the number 87 on it, blue jeans, black gloves and a blue baseball cap. The sweatshirt sleeve would be ripped and the suspect would have dog bite wounds on his arm.

The robbery is under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call Northern York County Regional Police Department at (717) 292-3647.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at