Man steals dog, holds spider for ransom and hides kid in closet - KCTV5

Man steals dog, holds spider for ransom and hides kid in closet

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LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

A Leavenworth man faces more than four years in prison for a string of bizarre crimes.

Bryan Paul Smith, 26, was sentenced to prison Friday.

Smith and an accomplice burglarized numerous vehicles earlier this year. In addition, Smith stole a Siberian husky. The dog was later found inside Smith's home.

While investigating the crimes, police also found a 14-year-old hiding in a closet inside Smith's residence.

Smith also drew police attention in March for a dispute over a pet spider.

Smith was watching the spider, but refused to return the spider to its owner. Smith demanded money.

"These demands turned into threats when Mr. Smith said that if the victim did not give him $100 and the spider, he would kill him by shooting him," according to Leavenworth County Prosecutor Todd Thompson in a written statement. "The victim was upset and fearful that Mr. Smith would hurt him and called the police. While the police were on the scene with the victim, Mr. Smith called the victim and asked if he was ready to 'do this thing.'"

Smith pleaded guilty to 10 charges including one count of contributing to a child's misconduct, three counts of burglary, five counts of theft and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He also pleaded guilty to charges related to threats involving the spider.

Altogether, Smith was sentenced to serve 54 months inside a Kansas prison for his crimes.

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