• Jacksonville officer offers $500 reward for dog missing after break in

    By: Action News Jax


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - UPDATE: Hemingway has been located. He had a bullet wound on his nose but is expected to be OK. 

    A Jacksonville officer is offering $500 for the return of his dog after his house was broken into on Tuesday.

    A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the burglary, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

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    The officer's truck and a gun were recovered Tuesday night, police said.

    Police spotted the truck with two people inside and tried to stop it with stop sticks, but the driver of the truck sped toward a marked patrol car, swerved at the last minute and hit the patrol car.

    The driver continued to swerve around another parked patrol car, ran off the road and toward an officer.

    The driver of the truck drove out of the Roosevelt Gardens apartment complex, turned on North Davis Street and rammed an officer's patrol car.

    Both people in the truck ran. The driver, Patrick Bell, was caught after a short chase, JSO said.

    Police are searching for the second person who fled the truck.

    The victim reported his 2010 Toyota Tacoma, two handguns and keys to a JSO patrol car stolen, according to the report.

    The officer also said his dog, Hemingway, was gone. 

    Hemingway is still missing. 

    Our reporter spoke over the phone with the officer.

    He said he can't comment on the ongoing investigation but told us that he is devastated about his pit bull and wants to spread the word that he is missing.

    He says he didn't care about his truck or the other items taken during the break in.

    He is offering a $500 reward for anyone who can return Hemingway safely.

    In the incident report, it says there was a pool of blood found in the home after he burglary.

    Our source says that its possible the dog was injured, but not severely and there is evidence the dog has been spotted in the area.

    The officer says he has had Hemingway since he was a small puppy, and he's irreplaceable.

    The teen arrested with his stolen truck faces felony charges of armed burglary and auto theft.

    He also faces a count of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and a charge of possession of cocaine.

    Anyone who has any information about the outstanding suspect is asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000 contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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