A Portage resident was arrested Wednesday on a charge of theft after Portage
Police said that she stole a neighbor’s dog.
According to police, at 11:05 p.m. a resident of the 200 block of Sandalwood
Street reported that sometime within the last 30 minutes someone had stolen
her dog, which she described as having brown and white fur and weighing
between 20 and 30 pounds. The resident added that she had purchased the dog
from Petland for $1,000.
When asked whether she suspected anyone in particular, the resident advised
the officer of an unusual circumstance some two weeks earlier, when a
neighbor—residing at 357 Ivory Court—had admired the dog for its cuteness
and expressed the desire to own one like it, police said.
The officer subsequently made contact with the neighbor, identified as
Elaine C. White, 55, who when asked about her knowledge of the dog accused
its owner of leaving it outside too long and neglecting it, police said.
“I asked her why she did not contact Animal Control or the Police Department
if this was the case and she stated ‘You guys never do anything,’’ the
investigating officer stated in his report.
The officer then asked White flatly where the dog now was and she replied “I
got it inside,” police said.
“I asked her if she took the dog and she informed me that she walked over to
the residence, took the dog off the leash, and brought it back to her
residence,” the officer stated. White further allowed that she “probably”
took it because she had been drinking.
The officer returned the dog to its owner and transported White to Porter
County Jail on a charge of theft.