Dallas police returned a stolen puppy to a North Dallas pet store on Sunday, a day after a man walked out with the $2,850 Siberian Husky.
Cody Golden, office manager of Dallas Petland, said the thief was caught after an employee recognized him from surveillance video. Police couldn’t confirm an arrest.
The bearded suspect is seen on video walking out with the 10-week-old puppy in his arms around 7 p.m. Saturday at the store at 11909 Preston Road. He walked until he reached the parking lot, when he started running, the video shows.
An employee chased the suspect and provided police with the license plate of his getaway car, which was driven by a woman, Golden said.
The employee who recognized the suspect from the video told police the man’s identity, Golden said. By midnight, police had recovered the puppy.
“I didn’t think we would get him back that quickly,” Golden said. “I’m shocked and relieved.”
It wasn’t the first time Petland suffered a puppy theft. A few years ago, Golden said, thieves broke the store’s front glass door overnight during Christmas season and stole nine puppies.
Source: The Dallas Morning News