Apr 122017

By Claire Byun

After a man reported his dog was stolen after leaving a local bar, police said that report may not have been entirely truthful.

Police deduced the victim – who had spent the evening at Pal’s Lounge last week – did not have his dog stolen. The dog simply ran out of the house when the victim returned from the bar, Sgt. Gary Lewis said.

The victim reported he was robbed of his phone, wallet, keys and dog when he was leaving the bar, according to a police report. When police arrived, “officers on scene couldn’t get much out of him,” Lewis said. The victim was so intoxicated he could not remember if he had been robbed, Lewis added.

A few days later, when police contacted the victim again, he still was unsure if he had been robbed, Lewis said.

“[The victim] was on scene, he was yelling for Betty the dog, he was extremely intoxicated, he said someone took his dog and took his phone,” Lewis told other First District officers at their weekly meeting.

Third District officers responded to the 2900 block of Ursulines Avenue on Tuesday after the victim reported a simple robbery. The victim said two unknown black men approached him from behind while he was coming back from Pal’s Lounge around 11:45 p.m., police said.

Officers interviewed a woman who lives above the victim, and she told police the dog was inside the residence during the night. She could hear the dog barking, and the dog probably ran outside when the victim got home, Lewis said.

“So the question is, is this real or not?” Ganthier asked.

Lewis said, after a few supplemental interviews, the victim probably wasn’t robbed of his dog.

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