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Man Demands $1,200 From Owner of Lost Dog

| by Michael Allen

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.

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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.

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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.

Sources: Chicago Sun Times and Patch.com