Man breaks into Florida home because he thought his dog was barking inside, police say

A man was taken to jail on multiple charges after he reportedly broke into a Florida home to get his "dog", police said.

Jenung Marenah, 32, was arrested by Port Orange police on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling, providing a false name to law enforcement, in addition to an open warrant for reckless driving.

According to the police, at 4:19 a.m., Monday, homeowners at a residence on E Hensel Hill Road reported an unknown man, later identified as Marenah, breaking into their home and abducting their pet dog.


Jenung Marenah is facing multiple charges after police said he broke into Port Orange home. (Photo via Port Orange Police Department)

The homeowners told police that the man claimed he walked from South Daytona looking for his stolen Black pitbull. Officials said that Marenah reportedly heard the homeowner's yellow Labrador barking inside the home as he walked through their backyard and proceeded to break in.

The yellow lab's name is Benny, and its owner is Thai Pham. 

"Loudly, he said, 'Why you take my dog? Why you take my dog?'" Pham explained. "I have a black labrador and a yellow labrador. And he take the yellow one! He take the wrong one, and he say 'This is my dog!' and he take it away."

Officers later found Marenah walking near the home less than 15 minutes later. Police said he initially gave them a fake name. They later found he had an open warrant for reckless driving in Volusia County.