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Man Steals Woman’s Dog On First Date

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When you go on a first date, especially through an online dating site, you already expect that things may go really badly. But for a woman in New Jersey, the date went from bad to worse. She called the police to report that the man had stolen her dog and her television. And, although both were returned to her a couple of days later, the experience speaks volumes about the trust you should have before you allow someone time alone in your home.

On Thursday, April 17, the woman (whose name has not been identified) went on a date she had arranged through an online dating site. “Joel,” as she called him, went out with her and then returned to her home. At some point, she left him to do something in another room. When she returned, she immediately noticed that he had taken her flat-screen television and her Yorkshire Terrier, Violet.

Early Friday morning, Dover patrol officer Justin Gabrys came to the woman’s Ann Street residence to investigate. The woman told him that the man, whom she knew only by the first name he gave and that he might live in nearby Elizabeth, took her dog, valued at $4,000, and her television, valued at $3,000. Police began to investigate the theft. Detective Sgt. William Woodhull, Jr, noted that the woman said “Joel” used her cell phone, so they were checking it for fingerprints. She also provided a photograph she had of the suspect. Modern conveniences have certainly come a long way in improving the ability to track the people you hang around with.

But, the dog and the television were not gone for long. At 3 a.m. on the following Saturday, the woman told police she found the dog, tied by its leash, to her television, which were both in her front yard. By then, police believed they had found the man’s true identity and were looking for him.

The victim’s dog was reportedly in good condition and unharmed. At this point, it is still unclear why the suspect would steal her dog and television, only to return them less than two days later. In the end, you can only hope that the woman will reconsider leaving virtual strangers unattended in her home with her prized possessions.

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