A pair of men in Ohio are accused of stealing a $3,000 dog and then attempting to ransom it for $500. However, they said that their calls to the owner were about reward, not ransom.
Pierre Cabell and Gilbert Dickson of Akron, are facing charges of receiving stolen property, theft and extortion.
They claim that they did not steal Papa Bear, a 2-year-old pitt bull and dalmation mix, but rather took the dog in after he wandered into Dickson’s back yard.
Don Alexander, the dog’s owner, said he received a phone call less than half an hour after putting out a flier Saturday from a man who demanded $500 for the dog’s return.
Undercover police met Cabell and Dickson in Emerling Park and arrested them after making the exchange.
The dog was safely recovered at a nearby house on Andrus Street and reunited with his owners.
“When he saw me he flattened on his belly and crawled over to me and as soon as he got in the car he jumped in the baby seat and stayed there until we got home,” said Shannon Alexander. “He’s so happy!”
However, Cabell and Dickson, who have pleaded not guilty to the charges, said they took the dog in when it wandered into Dickson’s yard and their phone call to Alexander was about collecting a reward for the canine’s return, not ransoming the animal.
“We just took the dog in. We treated that dog a lot better than we was treated in Summit County Jail,” Dickson said.
Pierre L. Cabell, 18, is charged with receiving stolen property, theft and telephone harassment.
Gilbert Dickson, 56, is charged with receiving stolen property, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct.