When owners lose their dogs, they sometimes offer a reward for the return of their animal.
However, one man in Morton Grove, Ill. recently turned this common situation into a crime by allegedly trying to get a ransom for a lost dog.
According to Patch.com, an unidentified man found a stray dog, called the phone number on the pooch's collar and left a voice mail.
The man asked Joseph Jando to watch the dog on Dec. 13 at his home when the owners called back.
Jando allegedly told the family that he would kill the dog if he wasn't paid $1,200 for its safe return.
The family called the Morton Grove police, who set up a sting, reports the Chicago Sun Times.
A police officer impersonated the dog's owner and met Jando in a parking lot to exchange money for the canine.
Jando was arrested and taken to the Cook County Jail in Chicago. He was charged with intimidation and a parole violation.