WASHINGTON — An 18-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in prison after he stole a dog from a woman at gunpoint.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington says Christopher Young was sentenced Monday. He pleaded guilty to the crime in March.

According to prosecutors, Young approached a woman who was walking her Yorkshire Terrier in the area of Fifth and Kennedy streets in northeast Washington. Young displayed a handgun and said, “Give me your dog. Yorkies cost a lot of money.” He then grabbed the dog, which later escaped and ran home.

The dog’s owner noticed that Young dropped his phone. Police were able to tie the phone to Young and learned he had a GPS device on his ankle. Records put him at the scene of the crime.

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