Saturday, May 29, 2010

Doggone it!: DA says loneliness led to dognapping

Prosecutors say a 29-year-old man stole two dogs tied up outside a San Mateo Rite-Aid on Wednesday because he lived by himself and was lonely.

At 8:33 p.m. May 26, a woman secured her French bulldog and pitbull mix while she entered the drug store on the 600 block of Concar Drive, said San Mateo police Lt. Mike Brunicardi.

When she returned a few minutes later, the dogs were missing and she called police.

During a search of the area, police reported seeing Devon Michael Murdock walking through an alley in the 1700 block of South Grant Street with two dogs matching the description of the missing animals. Murdock initially said he found the dogs in a nearby backyard but later conceded taking the dogs, according to San Mateo police.

Murdock said he “lived by himself and was lonely,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Murdock is charged with one count of misdemeanor theft by a person with a prior theft conviction. Aside from the latest incident, Murdock has been charged with four other misdemeanors since 2006.

Murdock pleaded not guilty to the theft charge and did not waive his right to a speedy trial. He returns to court June 10 for a pretrial conference and jury trial June 10.

Murdock remains in custody in lieu of $10,000 bail.

The Daily Journal

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