DODGE CITY, Kan. | Police say a suspect's unique tattoos helped solve a dognapping crime in Dodge City.
Steven Somerville pleaded no contest to misdemeanor theft Thursday for stealing an English mastiff puppy from a backyard in May. Police thought they knew the suspect when witnesses described his tattoos: a swastika on his hand and Adolf Hitler's face on his calf.
Somerville visited a woman selling the mastiffs for $800 each but left without buying one. Later that night, the dog owner's neighbor saw Somerville running through her yard with a puppy to a waiting car. The neighbor told the owner, who called police.
Somerville sold the puppy for $200, but denied it when questioned by police. When he was pulled over in the same car and found to have methamphetamine, he admitted the dog theft.
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He'll be sentenced on all the charges at a later date.