As of Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
NORCROSS -- A Lawrenceville man is facing theft and animal cruelty charges after police said he stole a stranger's dachshund and threw it out his car window.
Gwinnett County police were called to the victim's home on Amberly Drive in Norcross just before midnight Saturday. At the scene, 19-year-old Michael Norris told officers that he was banging on the female victim's door because he believed she had struck his car in a hit-and-run accident the night before.
While the two were arguing, the victim's dog ran out of the house.
When the victim shut her door, Norris said he went to his vehicle and called his father and police, never leaving the scene. But while officers were still at the home, "Gwinnett County police dispatch advised they had received a call in regards to a person throwing a dog from a vehicle" at the nearby intersection of Williams and Harbins roads.
Norris reportedly confessed to police that he "took the dog and dropped it off down the street." He was arrested and charged with theft and animal cruelty.
Efforts to locate the victim's dog were unsuccessful, a police report said.
In reference to the damage on her car, police said, the victim produced a DeKalb County incident report showing her vehicle had been rear-ended in a previous accident.