Burglary suspect bitten by police K-9 to stand trial

PITTSBURGH — A burglary suspect caught in downtown Pittsburgh in early April after he was bitten by a police K-9 learned Wednesday that he will stand trial.

Christopher Gandy, 26, was bitten on his leg near Market Square after a robbery at Fellow-Cire Apparel on Forbes Avenue. %



Police responded to the burglar alarm and said Gandy was seen removing a piece of plywood from a first-floor window of the store. He then jumped through it and ran from police before the dog was released.

“Chris suffered very serious injuries from a nasty dog bite that required surgery and he’s still on crutches because of it,” Blaine Jones, Gandy’s attorney, said Wednesday.

On the day of the robbery, police found a suitcase full of clothing and jewelry across the street from the store. However, Jones argued Wednesday that a burglary charge should be dropped because police never found any merchandise in Gandy’s possession.

The judge made the decision to hold both the burglary charge and a criminal mischief charge for court.

Gandy is out of jail on bail.