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Man Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Sell Puppies Stolen from Livermore on Craigslist

Richard Coleman, 30, was arrested on charges of possession of stolen property and extortion.

Richard Coleman, 30, was arrested for two felonies. Photo provided by San Leandro Police Nixle Alert
Richard Coleman, 30, was arrested for two felonies. Photo provided by San Leandro Police Nixle Alert

A San Leandro man was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly tried to use Craigslist to sell two German Shepherd puppies taken from the Springtown area of Livermore last week.

Richard Coleman, 30, was arrested for two felonies after police say he was found to have one of the two pups in his possession.

According to police, the victim of the puppy theft found an ad on Craiglist listing her dogs for sale. The victim called and met with the seller, who ran off when he was confronted. The victim contacted the San Leandro Police Department, who was able to contact the seller and was able to "ruse him" into meeting them, later giving up the location of the second puppy.

Lt. Mike Sobek said, "The San Leandro Police Department takes all crimes very seriously, however, this crime struck a nerve with one of our officers and he went that extra step to help recover those puppies and return them to a grateful owner."

According to a flier posted on Livermore Patch, the puppies were taken on March 19 from the area near Scenic and Mimosa in the Springtown area of Livermore.

It is not clear if the puppies were appropriated or if they escaped from their yard or home before being seized.

Livermore Officer Traci Rebiejo said, "To my knowledge Livermore Police was never called to report a theft of dogs."

The owner was reunited with both puppies. Coleman is facing charges of possession of stolen property and extortion. 
livermore vigilante March 27, 2014 at 06:11 PM
Freakin lowlife loser
Not the Cat March 27, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Hi guys, long time reader, first time commenter. So this is what happened to those puppies in a previous article. Wow dog snatching has been on a raise ever since Obama. We need to stand together with our puppies in our hands and say NO! Obama you can't have them. And no we don't want to put them on our healthcare plan.
Not the Cat March 27, 2014 at 06:21 PM
At Becky, cops have more important things to do. Like arrest raccoons that have slipped their way into someones garbage or stand outside a bar waiting for a drunk to walk out and arrest them. Silly Becky........... Still waiting on that sandwich...
Becky March 27, 2014 at 06:47 PM
Everybody is so upset at the cops for doing nothing. And then when the cops shoot somebody, everybody is ready to throw them under the bus. Make up your minds people.
Desert Rat March 28, 2014 at 07:10 PM
Jealousy is such an ugly emotion....


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