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Arrest made in dog theft case

by Minden Press-Herald



Minden Police arrested a woman wanted for reportedly stealing a dog.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says Mallory Brooke Merritt, 18, of the 100 block of Milton Drive, was arrested after police learned she had an active warrant for theft through the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“Officer First Class Kenneth James was dispatched to the 100 block of Milton Drive in reference to some reported drug activity,” he said.

When he arrived, he made contact with two males and a female, and upon the conclusion of his investigation, a warrant check was run on all three subjects, Cropper says, and Merritt was the only one who had a warrant.

She was placed under arrest, and Cropper says no drug activity was found at the residence.

Webster Parish Sheriff’s Detective Maj. Dustin Reynolds says the warrant stems from an incident in November 2015, when Merritt and another subject were accused of picking up a dog and not returning it to its owner.

“According to their statement, they saw the dog on the side of the road and picked it up,” he said. “They later saw on social media that the dog was missing and didn’t contact anyone to return it.”

The sheriff’s office received an anonymous tip regarding the subjects that reportedly stole the boxer, Reynolds said. The dog was picked up in the Springhill area but belonged to someone on Katie Lane in Minden, he said.

She was picked up from the Minden Police Station and booked by Webster authorities at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on Tuesday, May 3.

Bond was set at $5,000.

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