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Police: Thief tried to trade dogs for cash

March 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM

ST, CLOUD, Fla., March 29 (UPI) -- Florida authorities said they arrested a woman accused of stealing two dogs and arranging to return them in exchange for money.

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said a St. Cloud, Fla., man reported his two dogs, a pit bull and a black Labrador, were taken from his home while he was away last Saturday. A neighbor told deputies a woman was seen taking pictures on the property before driving away with the dogs, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Friday.

The homeowner said he found a note, written on green construction paper, on his door two days later.

"Dogs Found, Neglected and Abused ... Please Text," the note read.

The man texted the phone number and made arrangements to trade money for the return of his dogs.

Police said a woman identified as Nicole Lee Moses, 29, of St. Cloud, was arrested when she arrived in the area of the arranged meeting.

The charges against the woman weren't detailed by the Sun Sentinel.

The dogs were returned to their owner.

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