ORLANDO, Fla. – A Florida man is facing burglary charges after deputies say he tried to break into an Orlando gun shop through a hatch on the business’ roof, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to Rieg’s Gun Shop at 5512 South Orange Blossom Trail on June 18 after receiving a burglary alarm from the location. When they arrived, deputies said they found a man, later identified as 21-year-old Peter Dorlus, on the roof of the shop.
A report said Dorlus jumped down from the roof and tried to run from deputies, but was located by responding K-9s. Dorlus then complied with deputies’ commands and laid on the ground where he was secured in handcuffs.
Deputies were nearby when an alarm call came from a gun shop on S. OBT this morning & caught Peter Dorlus on the roof. He broke in & tried to steal guns - but no luck!— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) June 18, 2020
Remember: When guns are properly stored (these were all locked in the safe) it makes things hard for criminals! pic.twitter.com/61sbDiwCdO
Deputies said Dorlus was covered in what appeared to be gray powder from drywall dust and was carrying a backpack that contained a pair of yellow and silver wire cutters. A report showed Dorlus was wearing a medical face mask at the time of his arrest.
The owners of the shop told deputies a ceiling fan had been damaged in Dorlus’ attempt to break-in, as well as an office door that had been kicked in and surveillance camera wires that had been cut. The owner estimated the damage to cost about $5,000.
Dorlus was taken to the Orange County Jail on charges of burglary while wearing a mask, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools. Jail records show Dorlus is being held on $6,500 bond.