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Burglar bitten by homeowner's dog during escape
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Rockdale Sheriff's Office deputies are on the lookout for a burglary suspect who ran out of a house just as the homeowner came to inspect the property and was bitten in the shoulder by the homeowner's dog Monday.

Around 1 p.m. the property owner came to inspect the vacant home on Biarritz Court off Flat Shoals Road, according to Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Investigator Michael Camp.

When he arrived, he saw the back door had been pried open. He went to get his dog, a trained Belgian Malinois, from his vehicle and began to check each room to see if anyone was still inside.

"While he's clearing the house, a suspect comes running from upstairs," said Camp.

The suspect ran down the stairs and pushed the homeowner into the wall. The force caused the homeowner's head to knock a hole in the drywall.

The suspect continued running towards the back door but the owner's dog jumped onto the suspect and bit his right shoulder.

The suspect, a large, 6-foot 3-inch man, was able to continue running out the door.

Deputies set up a perimeter for about an hour and sent out a Code Red signal to residents, but the suspect was not found.

The suspect was described as a black male wearing grey pants and red sweatshirt with an injury to his shoulder.

Nothing was taken from the house, which was vacant. Investigators believe the suspect might have been inspecting the house to steal copper at a later time.