A North Dakota man who allegedly planned to dognap Bo – one of the White House pooches – was arrested in Washington D.C. this week, according to court documents.
Scott Stockert was charged Wednesday after Secret Service agents were alerted that a man was intending to steal the Portugese water dog, according to Politico. The first family has two water dogs, Bo and Sunny.
Stockert’s car was found to contain a 12-gauge shotgun and a black bolt action rifle, as well as over 300 rounds of ammunition. He was arrested at a Washington hotel and charged with illegally carrying a rifle or shotgun outside a home or business.
“You picked the wrong person to mess with,” Stockert reportedly told police. “I will f--- your world up,” he said, before later claiming he was Jesus Christ and that his parents were John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe.
Online court records show Stockert was ordered released from custody Friday but must wear an ankle monitor.
The first family's search for a dog to join them at the White House was widely publicized. On election night in 2008, then President-elect Obama said that his daughters, Sasha and Malia, had "earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House." Bo, a male Portuguese water dog, joined the family in 2009 and was a gift from then Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy. Sunny, a female Portuguese water dog, joined the family in 2013.
The dogs have been a regular presence at White House events. Late last year, they accompanied first lady Michelle Obama to receive the White House Christmas Tree and to welcome children to the White House during a preview of the home's holiday decorations. The decorations included larger than life replicas of the two dogs.