Police say a man who burglarized several businesses in south Anchorage is in custody after their K-9 took him down early Monday morning.

Anchorage Police say around 2 a.m. they responded to an alarm call at Little Italy located at 2300 East 88th Ave. Police say they made several loud announcements and saw 35-year-old William Veitenheimer run out an exterior door.

"Police commanded Veitenheimer to stop multiple times but Veitenheimer refused and continued to run," APD spokesperson Renee Oistad wrote in a Nixle. "The K-9 handler then gave many K-9 warnings which were also ignored. K-9 Alex was released; the dog made contact with Veitenheimer’s back which caused the suspect to fall to the ground and hit his face."

Police say they saw Veitenheimer throw a bag to the ground that had a firearm, credit cards that belonged to other people and a substance that tested positive for meth.

APD later found Veitenheimer also forced his way into 88th Liquor Boutique and 88th Pizza -- all businesses in the same building, APD says.

Veitenheimer was treated for the K-9's bite and was taken to the Anchorage Jail on an existing felony warrant.

Additional charges include:

  • Fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance
  • Third-degree misconduct involving a weapon
  • Second-degree theft
  • Third-degree attempted theft
  • Three counts of first-degree burglary