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Stolen Dog Had a GPS Device, and So Did the Thief

margoWhen Margo the now-famous cockapoo was stolen from her home near 14th and D streets NE last Thursday, no one could have imagined she had something in common with her captor: They both were fitted with electronic devices to track their whereabouts.

While Margo has an embedded microchip in case she is lost or stolen, the alleged dog thief, a ward of the District's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, similarly is outfitted with a GPS tracking device that allows authorities to keep tabs on him, according to labor officials who represent DYRS employees.

The theft shocked area residents, who responded in a flurry of tweets and the hashtag #findmargo, and the dog's owner, Eric Peterson, said he was confident she would be located. After responding to a tip that Margo could be found in an apartment on Benning Road NE, D.C. police arrested 19-year-old Reshawn Devonta Peay, who also is alleged to have stolen a TV, two iPads, and a computer—along with Margo's leash.

Peay, who court records confirm is a DYRS ward, was charged this week with second degree burglary in the theft and has a preliminary hearing on Feb. 4. He is a suspect in burglaries dating to Dec. 3, according to news reports.

Wards of DYRS being connected to burglaries and other more violent crimes is a persistent problem in the District, which has limited facilities for housing and rehabilitating youth offenders and is forced to place them in community settings with GPS devices affixed to their ankles.

While it's unlikely that Peay knew of Margo's microchip, a DYRS labor representative said the youth had to have known the GPS device strapped to his ankle would make it difficult for him to deny having been in Peterson's home at the time of Margo's disappearance.

"Have you heard of anything so stupid?" the official said.

Peay could not be reached for comment. His attorney, Jeffrey D. Stein did not immediately return a call.

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  • dcjpad

    I don't see how this entire post made sense to the writer or anyone else who read it (ha) before it was published. A pet's embedded microchip ID isn't a GPS device. If it were, it wouldn't have taken someone's tip to locate the dog. A pet GPS device would have be to worn externally, like on a collar.

  • huh?

    why is a 19 year old a ward of the DYRS?

  • Karl

    Agree with dcjpad. A pet microchip has nothing to do with GPS.

  • http://www.meitrackusa.com/en/ Meitrack

    I also agree with the two previous comments, people don't realize that a gps tracker needs a source of power to work. Pet microchips use RFID technology, which won't track the pet in real time, it only shows information when scanned by a RFID reader.

  • Jeff

    I would have to agree with the previous commenters. A microchip uses Radio Frequency Identification technology and is passive, meaning you have to find the dog first and then scan. RFID does not resemble GPS technology. Any research of this subject would have revealed the fact that GPS for dogs is not what a microchip is. Only companies I know with GPS is Tagg The Pet Tracker and Garmin. Let's get facts straight before reporting it.
    Plus, how did the "Microchip" help lead people to the suspect? Moreover, where is the correlation?

  • http://silent-pocket.com/ Daniel symon

    There is no issue that integrated chip is inside pet or GPS device outside placed on its collar the main concern is that at last our Police department easily nab the culprit by tracking their location through GPS tracker app. Well done appreciate the effort!

  • Ward-8

    A 19 year old still a ward under DYRS, tells me he has been under the supervision of DYRS for a long time however, this is also another example of a dumb criminal who thought he would be invisible to the GPS devise attached to his ankle and shed more light on the enablers of these thugs, this Boy who had no job,brings a dog,tv and I-pad into the home and the Mother,Grandma,Auntie or Baby Moma says or do nothing, this type of actions by these enablers continues to keep these thugs being thugs rather than taking any actions in an attempt to change their behavior, the majority of whom are the first to go before the cameras, blame the police, the teacher,the Mayor or anyone else rather than them selves.

  • noodlez

    UHHH WARD 8 YOU ARE TO QUICK TO PASS JUDGEMENT! IF HE IS A WARD OF DYRS AND HAS ON A GPS ANKLET I DOUBT THAT ANY OF THE FOLK YOU LISTED ARE ENABLERS. THOSE FOLK ARE MERELY PROVIDING SHELTER FOR THE LAD AS HE WOULD NEED AN ADDRESS/HOME TO RESIDE AT WHILE BEING MONITORED.

    ALSO HOW DO YOU KNOW HE WASN'T WORKING OR HAD A JOB? EMPLOYMENT IS NOT A DISQUALIFIER FOR THIEVERY.

    YOUR HANDLE IS A LIL MISLEADING BECAUSE IF YOU WERE FROM WARD 8 YOU WOULD KNOW THESE TIDBITS. THE EUPHEMISM YOU CHOSE IN YOUR COMMENT BY CALLING THE YOUNG MAN A THUG IS TELLING AND MAY INDICATE YOUR WHITENESS TO A DEGREE. I WOULD GATHER U KNOW THUG IS CODE FOR "NIGGER".

    CHECK YO SELF & RELAX NO ONE WAS HURT AND HE PROBABLY TOOK BETTER CARE OF THE DOG THAN THE OWNER!

  • Kenny Barnes

    I think some real issues need to be addressed as regards DYRS and its Director, Neil Stanley. First look at the amount of turnover, the amount of terminations, of decent qualified people for no othe reason in far too many instances, than because of the ire (or angst) of Director Stanley. A true and thorough investigation needs to be made of services both to families and youth that are supposedly provided but non-existent. The amount of everyday violence that is perpetuated by youth against youth or youth against staff at both New Beginnings or YSC goes virtually unnoticed and little is done, nor is data kept. The ricidivism rate is shocking and disturbing, again virtually unnoticed as if it didn't exist, again with no data to report. Perhaps the worst disservice is that DYRS is rife with nepotism and cronyism, and a Director more concerned about his job and exerting absolute power and control as a priority rather than services being provided to the youth and families being served by DYRS.

  • freedom

    he's free and changing his life around

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