HAMDEN, Conn. — A Hamden man is facing several charges after police said he broke into a CVS and punched a K9 during his arrest.
Around 5:30 a.m. Monday, Hamden police responded to the CVS on Dixwell Avenue on the report of suspicious activity.
When they arrived, officers found extensive damage to the front of the store, according to police.
Khaleb Cyril, 23, was seen inside.
When officers approached him, police said Cyril "dove to the ground" and punched K9 Star, who was on a leash, three times in the head.
Cyril was then arrested. Police said he damaged four panels, a door tracking device, and two sliding glass doors.
The damage is estimated at $5,000.
Cyril was charged with Burglary in the 1st Degree, Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Mischief in the 1st Degree, Cruelty to Animals, and Interfering with a Police Officer.
He is scheduled to appear at Meriden Superior Court at a later date.
Police said K9 Star was "a little banged up" but is recovering.
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