GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) - Police have arrested a Glendale man for allegedly stealing a family's Doberman and then trying to sell the dog for $1,000 online.
Police say 42-year-old Rodney Marshall faces charges of burglary and attempted trafficking of stolen property.
Marshall was reportedly an "extended family member" of the dog's owners.
He had been staying with the family since August, during what was supposed to be a temporary situation "until he got on his feet."
But police say the family kicked him out later that month for being "lazy and rude," according to the police report.
Marshall then lived as a transient for two months.
On Oct. 21, 2018, the family realized their Doberman was missing from the backyard. The wooden gate in the yard was found to be unlatched.
Although the dog has a microchip, Valley shelters had no record of it being brought in.
The family then posted pictures on social media and several websites, asking for information about the missing dog.
A short time later, someone called the family and told them that their dog was up for sale on an online classifieds site for $1,000.
The family had someone else contact the seller and set up a meeting to "pretend to buy the dog," according to the police report.
The family went to the meeting place at a grocery store in Glendale. There, they spotted Marshall leaving a sports bar, walking their dog on their family's leash.
When one of the family members confronted Marshall, police say Marshall handed over the dog and then took off in his car.
Later, police say Marshall texted one of the family members, saying that he was desperate, stating, "I can't apologize enough to clear this up."
Police say Marshall told them he went through the gate in the family's backyard. He also admitted "stealing the dog in order to get back at the victim."
According to court documents, Marshall has six prior felony convictions and had served time in Washington state.