MOORHEAD — A 31-year-old Minnesota man accused of stealing another man’s dog in May told authorities he believes it was the same animal that had been stolen from his girlfriend.
Eric Matthew Kagle, no address given, is facing one felony count of first-degree aggravated robbery, according to documents filed on Tuesday, June 26, in Clay County District Court.
On May 24, a Moorhead police officer responded to an apartment complex in Moorhead for a report of a robbery.
The victim said a man he didn’t recognize knocked on his door and commented about having vehicle issues, court papers show.
Kagle grabbed the victim's dog when it came near the victim and ran off, court papers show.
The victim chased Kagle into the apartment complex’s parking lot when Kagel allegedly turned on the victim and brandished a knife, court papers stated.
Kagle then put the dog in a vehicle that was waiting for him with an unknown woman driver, court papers show.
The vehicle drove off, and Kagle held the knife until the vehicle left before running off.
Authorities later made contact with Kagle’s girlfriend, who said Kagle gave her a dog in March or April, but the animal was later stolen.
She denied involvement in the robbery incident in May, but said Kagle might have been involved, court papers show.
When contacted via telephone by authorities, Kagle said he was at the apartment complex on May 24 to get the dog and believed that it was the same animal stolen from his girlfriend, court papers show.
Kagle said he did take the dog from the victim’s apartment but denied brandishing a knife, court papers show.
He told authorities he could provide a proof of purchase for the dog but failed to provide proper documents, court papers stated.
Kagle and the dog have not yet been located.