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PILFERED POOCH HELD FOR RANSOM

BSO Case Number: BS02-03-03195
PIO Number: 02-3-9
Date: March 1, 2002
Place of Occurrence: 10600 SW 51st Street, (unincorporated) Ft. Lauderdale

Victim(s):

  • Libby the Chihuahua-mix and owner, Celeste Egan, 10600 SW 51st Street,
  • (unincorporated) Ft. Lauderdale

Suspect(s):

  • Ariel Dominguez, 30, 3/23/71, 18626 NW 45th Ave., Carol City

Description of Incident:

The pursuit of a canine kidnapper is over thanks to the dogged efforts of the Broward Sheriff's Office.

On January 25, 2002, Celeste Egan of 10600 SW 51st Street in unincorporated Broward awoke to find Libby, her Chihuahua-mix missing from the backyard. In the corner of the yard, dirt had been
dug from beneath a bent portion of the fence.

Ms. Egan plastered “missing dog” posters and searched for the pup to no avail. Libby was gone.

The evening of March 1st, Ms. Eagan received a call from a man inquiring if there was a reward for Libby’s return. The man hung up when told the reward was as much as $150.00, but called back over the next two nights, saying that he had taken the pooch from the yard and demanded $2,000.00 for its safe return. The dognapper told Ms. Eagan that if she contacted authorities, she’d never see Libby again.

On March 7th, the man called Ms. Eagan to set up the exchange, but, instead of showing up himself, he sent his brother. When the brother arrived for the drop, BSO was waiting. While deputies interviewed the brother, the dog thief called the Eagan home again. This time, a BSO detective answered.

The detective told the dognapper, by now identified through caller I-D as 30-year old Ariel Dominguez of Carol City, that he should give himself up rather than wait to be picked up by deputies. Dominguez agreed and turned himself in a short time later, admitting to the whole thing.

Dominguez is charged with extortion, burglary, and theft. His brother, who apparently knew nothing of the crime, will not be charged. Libby is back home doing well.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. E. Arias, & Deputies M. Mashnouk & R Aversano
THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 3/11/02 11:00am

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