‘Bear’ safe after alleged dognapping

A Newfoundland dog is home safe with its owner after being dognapped by a woman during a domestic quarrel.

Paige Jenson, age 18, of Milaca, was arrested, booked into the Mille Lacs County Jail and charged in Mille Lacs County District Court with second degree burglary – a felony – in connection with the December 4 incident.

According to a criminal complaint, Jenson asked a Mille Lacs County deputy to meet her at 16262 100th Avenue, where her ex-boyfriend was staying, so she could retrieve a set of speakers that she said she had purchased. But the ex-boyfriend was at school in Milaca so a property exchange could not be made.

At about 3:30 that afternoon, the deputy was dispatched back to the address. The ex-boyfriend came home from school and found the east side of the home had been broken into, the complaint alleges. Missing from a basement kennel was Bear, a Newfoundland dog.

The ex-boyfriend called Jenson on her cellular telephone. She denied taking the dog, the complaint states. The deputy talked with Jenson, too. She again denied taking the dog.

The deputy cleared the scene, but was called back to 16262 100th Avenue a few minutes later. The criminal complaint alleges that Jenson sent a text message to the ex-boyfriend stating that she would return the dog when he returned the speakers.

The dog was later found in a car parked in the parking lot near Great Clips in Princeton. Jenson was confronted by the deputy, she then admitted to taking the dog, the complaint states. In a mirandized statement, Jenson said she broke into the residence at 16262 100th Avenue using a plastic rewards card from Grand Casino that resembled a credit card. She entered the residence and took the dog, the complaint states.

Jenson was arrested and taken to jail.