Man says online date stole his dog

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A first-timer to the online dating world, a Virginia Beach man, wanted to meet a nice girl.  Instead he met a woman who Beach police say stole his family dog.

The 30-year-old chose not to disclose his name, but wanted to share what happened to his Pomeranian named Lala, reported WTKR-TV.

“She basically messaged me on it,” the man said referring to an online dating app Skout he first met the woman on. “Wish I had never downloaded it.”

“It wasn’t like I was mean to her,” he said. “I was a gentleman.”

He said she went by the name Essence — a 22-year-old college student from Portsmouth.

He invited her over to his house last Wednesday, and were “just watching a movie and stuff like that and she was going back and forth to her car.”

First, she told him she left her keys in the car. He said he thought nothing of it.

But then it happened again.

“I think she had to go check to see if she had some clothes she wanted to change into but she never came back with anything,” the victim said.

The third time, he said she went to get an iPad from her car.

At this time he started to get suspicious. He came downstairs looked outside and saw his date was gone and so was his dog.

“From there it was just panic,” he said.

The kennel was empty.  Lala was nowhere to be found

“I contacted her and said, ‘Can you please bring my dog back? Why would you take me dog?’ He got no response,” he said.

Essence deleted her Skout page.

Investigators say she was driving a burgundy Chevy Malibu and frequents Portsmouth and Williamsburg.

As for online dating, the victim said his first time will be his last.

“I don’t think I’ll be doing this again. I’ll put it like that,” he said. “I’ll just be meeting people in person, go back to the old fashioned way.”

If you have any information for investigators, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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