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Woman reunited with dog, TV snatched on 1st date

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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.



April 22, 2014
11:43 a.m.

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What the heck is wrong with someone who invites a perfect stranger into her home???? People need top be a whole lot more aware than that. You meet strangers in well traveled public places and never let them know where you live until a long time has passed and you know more about them. I only feel sorry for the dog.

April 22, 2014
3:17 p.m.

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not only do you never invite anyone to your home on a first date nor even the 4th date in this day and age but This guy had to have some help with the TV as a 3,000 dollar Tv had to be huge ... not something along with a small dog you can carry on your hip..... But you live and learn and it will not be easy for her to trust again. and can only hope in gets jail time for being a SHUMCK