Crime & Courts

Columbia woman lost $40K trying to get a dog from a Craigslist ad, police say

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A Columbia woman is out $40,000 after she transferred money to purchase a dog she found in a Craigslist ad but never received the dog, according to police.

The theft was reported earlier this month by a 19-year-old woman, according to a Columbia Police Department incident report. The victim’s identity is redacted from the report.

She told officers she transferred funds totaling $40,000 in exchange for a dog, but never received the dog, according to the report.

Columbia police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said the victim had communicated through email with the seller after learning about the animal, a Siberian Husky, on Craigslist.

No arrests have been made, and there was no information on the suspect. The case has been assigned to an investigator, who is treating it as a grand larceny.

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.