Earlier this month, the Dodge County Sheriff's Office warned residents about a wannabe dog thief.
The office got two reports in two days of a white male in a white pickup, with a silver toolbox in the back, trying to take dogs that were outside on their owner's property. Why was he doing this? That's unclear, but the sheriff's office asked people to contact them if they spotted anything suspicious.
And people have – to the point where the sheriff's office is reminding people that not every white pickup with a toolbox is suspicious.
While they "truly appreciate everyone's concern" and all the tips, "a white truck driving in your neighborhood isn't necessarily suspicious by itself," the Dodge County Sheriff's Office said in an update Sunday.
"Frankly we don't believe any of the trucks we've checked on had anything to do with the original reports," the message explained. "One neighborhood we were asked to check this weekend had six white trucks parked or driving in the neighborhood."
The good news is that there haven't been anymore reports of attempted dog thefts in the two weeks since the warning first went out. And nobody's dog was ever taken – only attempted dognappings were reported. (Though there have been "a lot of rumors" about false incidents, the sheriff's office said.)
In the meantime, if a resident sees someone trying to lure a pet into their vehicle, definitely call the sheriff's office ASAP. And keep an eye on your pets while they're outside.
"Unfortunately, we can't keep checking on every white truck that drives [through] someone's neighborhood," the office said, later adding: "If you see a white pickup driving [through] your neighborhood – please don't panic. Many of our neighbors have white trucks we never noticed before this happened."