In mid-July, a resident of North Minneapolis named Shar'an (hereinafter "Sharan") couldn't find her little dog named Elle who was securely locked inside a backyard described as "gated, chained and padlocked."
As fate would have it, this unnerving doggy disappearance happened 10 minutes before an important job presentation. Instead of missing her job presentation, Sharan The Solid Citizen soldiered on, did the presentation as well as she could while upset, and then returned home to search for her dog...
Sharan covered an area she described as 6 by 8 blocks. She finally found some kids and when she offered them a reward for information leading to the recovery of her dog, the kids admitted their "auntie" had the dog. Sharan paid $100 to get her dog back. The dog did not run off or escape under a fence. Somebody reached into Sharan's yard and took the dog. Sharan, who talked to the police about this incident, says her dog was "kidnapped and held for ransom." I say it was "theft of movable property, a felony."
There was at least one other similar incident in the past couple months. According to Sharan, her neighbor at 28th and James had a small dog named Ginger stolen from his back yard and ransomed in similar fashion. In the case of Ginger, $200 was paid.
There was one other incident where a neighbor named Pat at 27th and Irving had a small pet dog stolen from her yard, never to be seen again.
With recent news coverage about Minneapolis Police lacking the resources to pursue hit-and-run drivers, click here, it's unlikely a "Dognapping Task Force" will be formed anytime soon.
This blogger continues to suggest the solution to many neighborhood problems is the installation of privately controlled video cameras.