A suspect in the burglary of a Family Dollar tried to elude capture by spraying his legs with fire extinguishers, but instead is in the Hernando County Jail.
About 10:33 p.m. Monday, someone walking near Northcliffe Boulevard in Spring Hill reported hearing breaking glass and then saw a man running from the Family Dollar store at 10620 Northcliffe Blvd., according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies found the store's front glass window had been broken with a cinder block.
They later noted the suspect -- Anthony Dixon Jr., 18 -- appeared to turn off the power to the business before breaking the window and entering the business.
Additional deputies and a K-9 unit were called in to search for Dixon.
Deputies then noticed an area behind a neighboring business that had a large amount of a white powdery substance from a fire extinguisher had been sprayed.
Investigators then found two spent fire extinguishers from Mariner's Cay apartments.
Deputies, with help from bystanders, found Dixon walking near Hearth Boulevard. He had a white powdery substance on his legs and was taken into custody.
Dixon admitted to breaking into the Family Dollar in an attempt to steal cigarettes and added that he stole the fire extinguishers and sprayed himself in an attempt to elude capture.
Dixon was transported to the Hernando County Detention Center on charges of burglary and criminal mischief. He was also charged with two counts of grand theft in connection with the stolen fire extinguishers. His bond was set at $11,000.