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Police: Man stole dog, money at knifepoint

Posted December 6, 2008

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— Burlington police arrested a man who allegedly robbed a man of his dog and money at knifepoint Friday afternoon.

Jesse Ronnie Eastwood Jr., 23, of 2508 Vaughn Lane, was arreted around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. He was charged with armed robbery, larceny of a dog and other offenses.

The victim told police that Eastwood approached him and demanded money when he was walking to his car from a Division of Motor Vehicles license-plate office at 2668 Ramada Road. The victim argued with Eastwood, who then pulled out a knife, officers said.

Eastwood entered the victim's car and stole his dog and an undetermined amount of cash, investigators said. He fled in a vehicle with another white man, who police have not identified.

The stolen dog was described as a 2-year-old female American pit bull. The dog is red and has white markings on its chest and forehead.

Eastwood was being held at the Alamance County Jail under a $50,000 bond Saturday afternoon.

Police said they continued to investigate the robbery.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Burlington Police Department at 336-229-3500 or the Alamance Crime Stoppers at 336-229-7100. Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information leading to arrests in some felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

Eastwood was convicted of possession of drugs with intent to sell, breaking-and-entering and larceny after breaking-and-entering in Alamance County in 2004, according to state Department of Correction records. He was sentenced to probation.

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