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Crime & Courts

Sycamore woman accused of stealing dog from DeKalb child

Mother of 8-year old girl: 'That woman scared my daughter to death'

Mindy L. Brown, 38, of Sycamore
Mindy L. Brown, 38, of Sycamore

SYCAMORE – Police arrested a 38-year-old Sycamore woman at her home Monday, hours after they said she stole a dog from an 8-year-old girl in the 3300 block of Basswood Lane in DeKalb.

Mindy L. Brown, of the 1600 block of Maness Court in Sycamore, is charged with theft of property valued at more than $500 in connection with an incident that occurred Sunday afternoon, according to court records. If convicted, she could face probation or two to five years in prison.

A judge ordered Brown released from jail on her own recognizance Monday.

Police said in court records that Brown watched from her car for about five minutes as a girl played with the dog, a Yorkshire terrier mix, in the girl’s front yard. She then approached the child, took the dog from her arms and drove off. The girl’s family called police at 4:58 p.m., according to court records

“That woman scared my daughter to death,” the girl’s mother said Monday afternoon. “She ripped [the dog] from her hands.”

The Daily Chronicle is not identifying the family because police said they were victims of a crime.

The girl’s mother was home when the theft occurred, and Brown is an acquaintance of a previous owner of the dog, DeKalb police Cmdr. Steve Lekkas said.

DeKalb police arrested Brown at 1:15 a.m. Monday at her home in Sycamore, where the dog was found and returned to the victim’s family, Lekkas said.

Under terms of her release, DeKalb County Judge Philip Montgomery ordered Brown have no contact with the victim. She is due back in court at 9 a.m. Dec. 15.

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