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Man charged with stealing ex-girlfriend’s dog

First Posted: 2:24 am - July 6th, 2015 Updated: 2:31 am - July 6th, 2015.

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By Corey Friedman | cfriedman@civitasmedia.com

PAGELAND — Sheriff’s deputies say a man stole his ex-girlfriend’s pit bull from her yard and planned to sell it to a “crackhead.”

Chesterfield County deputies arrested 28-year-old Robert Wayne McClain of 1929 Wolf Pond Church Road on June 28 after responding to a report of a stolen dog on Philadelphia Church Road outside Pageland.

The dog’s owner told Deputy Clay Anderson she had let her 6-year-old brindle and white pit bull outside to use the bathroom and noticed he was missing when she went to let him back inside the house. A neighbor told the woman McClain had been seen with her dog, Anderson wrote in an incident report.

Anderson went to McClain’s home and couldn’t immediately locate him. About an hour and a half later, he returned to the home and a man who answered the door said McClain had just left with the dog.

“I then noticed Mr. McClain walking down the highway with the pit bull dog,” Anderson wrote. “I approached Mr. McClain and he immediately stated, ‘She’ll get her dog back when I get my money back!’”

Anderson told McClain “that it does not work that way” and placed him under arrest at 11:55 p.m. The dog, which is valued at $50 in the sheriff’s office report, was returned to its owner.

The report states that McClain was yelling and swearing as Anderson walked him to the patrol car and refused to stop yelling when asked. Anderson took McClain to the ground “in an attempt to calm him down and keep him from waking up innocent tenants” while he unlocked the vehicle.

On the way to the jail, Anderson wrote that McClain told him “he was going to sell the dog to a crackhead for $150.”

McClain was booked into the Chesterfield County Detention Center on charges of stealing dogs, disorderly conduct and trespass of real property.

Reach Editor Corey Friedman at 910-817-2670 and follow him on Twitter @corey_friedman.

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