The Blotter 

True stories from the local police files

How much is that doggie in the backyard? Two boys were walking their dogs on Beaumont last week when a man stopped them because their rottweiler looked a lot like the dog that disappeared from his backyard the week before. The two boys confessed to taking his dog, as well as a pit bull from someone else's yard, and keeping them in a vacant house. When officers asked why they took the dogs, one of the boys said "because they are pretty." The rottweiler's owner only wanted the boys to know they couldn't take people's dogs just because they liked them. The pit bull's owner, however, did want to prosecute, saying it wasn't the first time the boys had taken his dog.

April Fools! Three juveniles escaped from a group home April 1st after using clothes and wigs to make it look like they were still in bed. It wasn't until a staffer went to wake them at 5 in the morning that anyone noticed they were gone.

The value of friendship? Less than $40: Police were called April 3rd after a woman lost $40 from her purse. She had been watching movies at a man's apartment when she fell asleep. After she woke up and left, she realized her money was missing and went back to the suspect's apartment, but the man refused to open the door or speak to her about the money.

Evidence of our ever-increasing dependence on cell phones: A woman on Newell called police April 3rd after her cell phone disappeared. Apparently, the woman had been putting gutters on her house but her cell phone would not stay attached to her belt. Instead of putting her phone inside the house, she placed it on a window railing and when she came back for it, it was gone.

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