Thursday, April 28, 2005
Arrest made for demand of ransom for dog
Associated Press April 28, 2005
BOSTON A man whose truck was stolen with his 11-week-old
puppy inside said the thief threatened to kill his pet unless he
paid a $500 ransom. Instead, the dog owner brought the police along
to the planned rendezvous, and a suspect was arrested.
Timothy Connors, 30, left the keys in his pickup truck, with the
dog inside, when he stepped into a convenience store recently. That's
when Michael Cyr allegedly stole the truck and Dakota, a two-pound
After discovering the truck was gone, Connors called his cell
phone, which he had left inside the vehicle. He said Cyr answered
and demanded $500, threatening to kill the dog if police got
Connors eventually agreed to meet the suspect at Boston's
Downtown Crossing shopping district. He put $43 in an envelope _
padding it with napkins to make it look like $500.
Cyr did not count the money before handing over the keys to the
truck and fleeing, authorities said. Police, who had staked out the
area, arrested him nearby after a struggle.
Cyr, 43, was ordered held on $500 bail Tuesday at his
arraignment in Boston Municipal Court. He faces charges including
extortion and receiving a stolen vehicle.
The dog was unharmed and Connors came away with a lesson.
"I wouldn't leave Dakota alone ever again, not even for 20
seconds," he said.