Sacto 9-1-1
February 25, 2010
Sac PD: Officers block scam over missing dog

By Bee Staff

Sacramento police officers broke up a scam to get money for the return of a missing dog, according to a crime summary released today.

Here's how the attempted scam unfolded, according to police:

A woman's French bulldog escaped from her residence in the 2100 block of Bidwell Way around midnight on Tuesday. The dog wore a collar with ID tag and contact information.

On Wednesday, the victim received a phone call from a female who said she had purchased the dog via a Craigslist ad.

The victim then received a call from a male who claimed to be the original caller's husband. He said he would not return the dog unless the victim refunded the purchase money to him.

The victim arranged to meet with the female at a fast-food restaurant on Freeport Boulevard, but the victim also contacted the police.

A woman arrived at the restaurant with her two children and the dog only to be greeted by officers.

The woman told officers that her boyfriend had fabricated the story about buying the dog through a Craigslist ad so he could get money from the victim.

The woman was not arrested. Officers are looking for the boyfriend.

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