A 25-year-old Bensonhurst man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly went on a crime spree in the Brooklyn neighborhood assisted by his pit bull. According to police, Dennis Kharitonov started his spree around 11 a.m. hitting up a grocery store on 20th Avenue then a bodega on 17th Avenue and finally a 99-cent store on 20th Avenue. All while Freddy Boy the pit bull waited patiently in a stolen car.
"He [said he] was going to walk the dog and he wasn’t home for two hours," his mother, Galina Kharitonov, told the News. "I started to get nervous." Still, the single mother (her husband died five years ago) refrained from saying her son (who has previous arrests for minor offenses) was the stereotyped 'good boy.' But she did say that he meets her on her way home from work with his dog and that she makes "him clean, make him shop."
Kharitonov's spree came to a screeching halt after his third robbery, when he crashed into an unoccupied car near 16th Avenue. He then abandoned the car (and the dog) and fled on foot. But, thanks to the replica Carmelo Anthony Knicks jersey he was wearing cops quickly apprehended him. The dog meanwhile, was soon found safe and sound in the car and returned to the man's mother.
"The police gave me my dog and said my son was under arrest," the older Kharitonov said yesterday. "I was in shock. I’m still shocked."