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Dog, television stolen on first date returned to woman

By Associated Press


DOVER, N.J. >> 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  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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richierich wrote:
This woman invited this man, that she met on dating website, back to her house on the first date? Classy lady.
on April 20,2014 | 09:12AM
soundofreason wrote:
These single mother entitlement "help me support my kids" people come from somewhere.
on April 21,2014 | 07:07AM
SueH wrote:
Since the TV and dog were found in her own front yard, I doubt if the police can charge the guy with theft. Since the front yard is still part of the woman's property, at best her "date" simply moved her belongings to a different location but they still remained on her own property.
on April 20,2014 | 09:44AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
Actually, the property was taken for some time which renders it stolen property even if it was eventually returned.
on April 20,2014 | 10:55AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
If he took the items without her permission then it is theft.........
on April 20,2014 | 10:56PM
sak wrote:
Love at first sight for Dog and TV:-)
on April 20,2014 | 02:31PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Any idiot who dates via online is an idiot. I mean, how desperate can you get?
on April 21,2014 | 06:36AM
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