Woman reunited with dog, TV snatched on 1st date

This undated family handout photo shows Valenchino Chihuahua Xena, who was named Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts 2014, and was snatched with four other dogs, including her mother Io and grandmother Angel, from a house in East Yorkshire on Thursday. British police are appealing for help finding five stolen dogs, including a Chihuahua puppy that recently won a major prize at the prestigious Crufts competition. The thieves apparently broke into a house in the village of Lissett in central England and made off with the valuable dogs. Humberside police said Sunday they are asking the public to provide any leads. (AP Photo)
This undated family handout photo shows Valenchino Chihuahua Xena, who was named Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts 2014, and was snatched with four other dogs, including her mother Io and grandmother Angel, from a house in East Yorkshire on Thursday. British police are appealing for help finding five stolen dogs, including a Chihuahua puppy that recently won a major prize at the prestigious Crufts competition. The thieves apparently broke into a house in the village of Lissett in central England and made off with the valuable dogs. Humberside police said Sunday they are asking the public to provide any leads. (AP Photo)

DOVER, N.J. (AP) — A woman has been reunited with her Yorkshire Terrier and flat-screen TV that were snatched during her first date with a man she met online.

The woman called police early Saturday to say that her dog, Violet, had been tied by its leash to the TV, and both were left in the front yard of her Dover home, the Daily Record of Parsippany (http://dailyre.co/1eNpgE1) reported. Violet appeared to be in good health.

Authorities say the pair met on a dating site and went out for the first time Thursday night. After returning home, the woman said she became occupied in another room, leaving the man alone. When she returned, he was gone — and so were her dog, valued at $4,000, and her TV, worth about $3,000.

The woman said she knew the man only as “Joel” and believed he lived in Elizabeth. Police said Saturday that they know the man’s identity and that charges could be filed, though the investigation is ongoing.

Police said the man used the woman’s cellphone, so they dusted it for fingerprints. They also checked other locations that the short-lived couple visited on their date.

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Information from: Daily Record (Parsippany, N.J.), http://www.dailyrecord.com

 

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