Hempstead County
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04/04/2017

Theft of Property

Theft of Property

 

 

On April 2, 2017 at approximately 1851 hours, Deputy Landon Loe was given a name and number by dispatch in reference to a theft.

 

Deputy Loe made contact with April Helmick who stated that sometime on Thursday March 30, 2017 she let her red nose Pit Bull service dog Sugar outside to use the restroom. April stated that the dog will normally go behind the house and chase different wildlife around, and then return shortly after to the house. April stated that she called for the dog several times that night, but stated that she never returned. April stated that she didn't think anything of it at the time, as the dog will sleep underneath the carport sometimes.

 

April stated that over the course of the next few days, she began searching for the dog and posted a status on Facebook asking for help looking for her dog. April stated that she didn't consider contacting the Sheriff's Office until today when she realized the dog might have been stolen.

 

April stated that now she believes someone has stolen her dog due to the fact that the dog has extensive training and would rarely, if ever, roam away from the house. April stated that she isn't sure who might have taken the dog, but that she believes someone might have taken it for it to be used in dog fighting. Deputy Loe asked April the value of the dog and she stated that the lady she originally got the dog form paid $800 for it, and with its service training, estimated the value to be somewhere around $1,000.