Woman Meets Man on Dating Site, He Steals Her Dog and TV on First Date

Woman Meets Man on Dating Site, He Steals Her Dog and TV on First Date

Edit: there is an update to this story, which has been added below.

(Link): Dover woman’s Yorkie dog allegedly stolen by man she met online

(Link): First date in New Jersey ends with him pilfering her TV and Yorkshire terrier

(Link): Man steals woman’s dog, TV on their first date

    • Apr 2014
    DOVER (AP) — A woman says her first date with a man she met online ended with him taking her dog and flat-screen television from her northern New Jersey home.

Dover police said the woman and the man had met on a dating website and went out Thursday night.

After returning to her home, the woman said she became occupied in another room, leaving the man alone for an undisclosed amount of time. When she returned, he was gone along with her Yorkshire Terrier named “Violet” — who she said was valued at $4,000 — and her TV valued at $3,000.

The thefts were reported early Friday. The woman, whose name was not released, only knew her date as “Joel” and believes he lives in Elizabeth.

UPDATE
(Link): Woman reunited with dog, TV snatched on first date

    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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