Lone Tree Police Recover Stolen Pug Puppy

Security Video Shows Thief Fleeing Pet Store With Puppy In Arms

Lone Tree police have recovered a puppy that was stolen from a local pet store Monday afternoon.

Public Information Officer Michelle Kivela told 7NEWS via news release that one person is in custody in connection with the theft from Just Pets, and that the 9-week-old Pug is in good shape.

Security video shows the thief walking into the store and cuddling the puppy.

Store Manager Lisa Stone told 7NEWS that a second woman entered Just Pets and asked to see some kittens.

While Stone walked over to open the kitten pen, the woman holding the Pug walked to the door then ran out of the store.

“I was in shock!” Stone said. “I can’t believe somebody would steal a puppy.”

Stone said it’s the first time in six years of business that a thief has taken a pet from her store.

“I can see them taking a toy, a collar, a leash maybe,” Stone said, “but a puppy, a live being, a baby? To me, it’s like kidnapping.”

While Stone was showing the security video to 7NEWS late Tuesday morning, an employee received a phone call from a woman inquiring about the Pug’s vaccinations.

Employee Jade Wallis said the caller told her that another woman gave the dog to her sons.

Wallis asked for the caller’s name.

“She was like, ‘Why do you want my name?’ and I was like, ‘Well, we’re having an issue because one of our dogs was stolen.’ And she was like, ‘That’s what I thought.’”

Wallis said the woman asked if she could bring the dog in.

“I said, ‘Yes, you need to bring the dog in right away,’” Wallis said.

Stone gave a copy of the security video to Lone Tree police and provided the phone number of the woman who called to inquire about the dog’s shots.

Police issued a press release just before 9 p.m. Tuesday announcing that the puppy had been returned to its owner and that a suspect was in custody.

The woman’s identity has not been released.

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