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Dognapper Gets 3 1/2 years in Prison For Stealing Chihuahua from Joliet Store

The Joliet man sold the stolen Chihuahua to his girlfriend's sister for $100.

Brian Maness. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Brian Maness. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
A dognapper was hit with a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for stealing a Chihuahua from a store in the Louis mall last year.

Brian Maness, 42, of 339 S. Reed St. pleaded guilty to stealing the Chihuahua.

Maness was caught on surveillance as he snatched up the dog and stuffed it in his coat at the store Furry Babies on Feb. 1, 2013.

Fuzzy Babies employees distributed fliers begging for the return of the 2-month-old dog.

The Joliet police received a Crime Stoppers tip that Maness' girlfriend had the dog but when officers went to her home she refused to open her door to the them. The girlfriend's sister later called the cops and told them she bought the Chihuahua from Maness for $100.

The dog was returned to the store.

The stolen dog was valued at $2,100, according to prosecutors.

Maness has served time in prison before and has a number of burglary convictions out of Cook County dating back to the 1980s, an official said.

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Kristine Neumann May 03, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Steve, maybe you're right but how many times do you read about someone being arrested many times for a DUI & they get a slap on the wrist, but it's not until they kill someone that they get a jail sentence.
Ex Jolietian May 03, 2014 at 03:12 PM
2014LM000572 Judgment / Decree Defendant MANESS BRIAN N/A CRISWELL COURT Forcible Entry Possession $0 to $15000.00 03/05/2014 2013LM001148 Closed Defendant MANESS BRIAN N/A ROBERTS RICHARD Forcible Entry Possession $0 to $15000.00 05/08/2013 2013CF000352 Closed Defendant MANESS BRIAN L 03/09/1972 RET THEFT/DISP MERCH/>$300 CRIMINAL FELONY 02/13/2013 2012CM000175 Closed Defendant MANESS BRIAN L 03/09/1972 VIOLATE ORDER PROTECTION CRIMINAL MISDEMEANOR 01/27/2012 2011OP002346 Dismissed Case Defendant MANESS BRIAN L N/A DOYLE SARAH M Order Protection 12/28/2011 2011CM004041 Closed Defendant MANESS BRIAN L 03/09/1972 DOMESTIC BTRY/PHYSICAL CONTACT CRIMINAL MISDEMEANOR 12/28/2011
Tina Melendez May 03, 2014 at 11:08 PM
The name of the store is furry babies not fuzzy babies .

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