Woman pleads guilty after police say she attempted to sell dog using Craigslist

Posted at 2:45 PM, Mar 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 15:46:39-04

UPDATE: Jessica Colleran has been sentenced to four years in prison with three years and nine months suspended in Chesapeake Court, according to documents.  

Chesapeake, Va. – A Virginia Beach woman pleaded guilty on Monday to charges relating to an incident in Chesapeake in which police say she tried to sell a dog that wasn’t hers using an ad on Craigslist, police tell NewsChannel 3.

Jessica Colleran was taken into custody on Sunday, November 23, 2014 by Chesapeake Police and Animal Services Officers after police say she attempted to sell a dog that did not legally belong to her.

Jessica Colleran, age 22, of the 3200 Block of Corcus Lane in the City of Virginia Beach, fraudulently got the dog from a “found dog” Craigslist ad on Saturday November 22, police say. Jessica Colleran told the finder of the dog that she was the owner. After obtaining the dog under false pretenses, Jessica Colleran took the dog to a location in Portsmouth, Virginia, police say. Jessica Colleran then posted the dog for sale on Craigslist.

When Jessica Colleran attempted to sell the dog on November 23, Chesapeake Officers retrieved the dog and returned it to its legal owner with the assistance of the Portsmouth Police Department, police tell NewsChannel 3.

Jessica Colleran was then taken into custody and charged with obtaining property under false pretenses.

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