- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 1, 2005

BOSTON (AP) — A man whose truck was stolen with his 11-week-old puppy inside said the thief threatened to kill the pet unless a $500 ransom was paid. 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 last week. Police say that’s when Michael Cyr stole the truck and Dakota, a 2-pound Pomeranian-Maltese mix.

After discovering the truck was gone, Mr. Connors called his cell phone, which he had left inside the vehicle. He said Mr. Cyr answered and demanded $500, threatening to kill the dog if police got involved.

Mr. Connors eventually agreed to meet the suspect in downtown Boston. He put $43 in an envelope — padding it with napkins to make it look like $500. Mr. 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.

Mr. Cyr, 43, was ordered held on $500 bail at his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court. He faces charges including extortion and receiving a stolen vehicle.

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