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White Marsh Puppy Swap Ends in Arrest: Police

Police said two men tried to sell a stolen puppy back to the owner.

Thor the floppy-eared puppy is back home with his fam, police say.
Thor the floppy-eared puppy is back home with his fam, police say.

Two Baltimore City men have been charged in the burglary of a deaf pit bull puppy named "Thor," who was taken from his Timonium home last month, the Baltimore County Police Department reported Wednesday.

The men were arrested Tuesday after they made arrangements to sell Thor back to his owner in the parking lot of the White Marsh Mall, according to a report from police, who took the men into custody in mall parking lot.

Mark Tyrone Gibson, 37, of the 800 block of N. Broadway Street, and William Terrell Hudson, 33, of the 4300 block of Roberton Avenue, have been charged with first-degree burglary and theft from $1,000 to under $10,000, police said.

Thor was safely returned to the victim, police said.

Owner Mike Lenhart and his girlfriend put up a reward to try to bring the puppy home.

Lenhart told ABC 2 News that last week, a man called him and said: "I have your dog," and with help from the Baltimore County Police Department, the dog was returned home.

Upon his return, the puppy's all white coat was dirty and the owner said, "It seems like he was kept outside," according to ABC 2 News.

The burglary unit continues to investigate the incident, according to police, who said not all items have been recovered.

Officers initially responded to Lenhart's apartment in the 2400 block of Chetwood Circle in Timonium on March 13 for a reported burglary, police said.

Someone got into the apartment through a sliding glass door and took electronics and the 13-week-old deaf pit bull puppy between 3:45 p.m. and 11:28 p.m. that day, the report stated. While Thor was returned Tuesday, police said the other items have not been found.

A MacBook Pro laptop and PlayStation were stolen in the burglary in addition to the puppy, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Hudson and Gibson are each being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $20,000 bail, police said.

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Kolo Jezdec April 02, 2014 at 07:16 PM
Dog is probably smarter than the criminals. Better looking, too.
Kolo Jezdec April 02, 2014 at 07:29 PM
You call yourself a libertarian and you want the police to roust people just because they look like they do not belong in your neighborhood? Wow. You are aware that this is America and, at least for now, we are free to go mostly anywhere?
Kolo Jezdec April 02, 2014 at 07:32 PM
Libertarian : a person who believes that people should be allowed to do and say what they want without any interference from the government
You April 03, 2014 at 08:34 AM
@Kolo obviously I am being sarcastic. Duh. Point is I am sick of inner city criminals driving out into the counties robbing, assaulting and stealing from responsible, hard working families who work hard to make a living and keep a nice home and clean, crime free neighborhood. 90% of the time when thefts, robberies and violence occurs in my neighborhood, the criminals have direct ties and live in the inner city. Fact is... I know my neighborhood/ neighbors, those who are just passing through and those who DO NOT live here but are cruising through looking for easy marks or things to steal during the day (kinda like when you know a kid is lying, a guilty consciousness or someone up to no good portrays obvious physical behaviors). I assume you read the Patch... so you know the stories and where the criminals are coming from?
Kolo Jezdec April 03, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Sorry, I missed the sarcasm...

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