A dog that was stolen from a car was returned just a day later, and a reporter covering the story happened to find him.
The 7NEWS crew arrived at the scene of an alleged dog-napping to report on the incident, but they never expected to find the stolen dog, Titus, while filming the piece about his theft.
The 13-month-old German Short Haired Pointer was taken from an unlocked parked vehicle, according to WCVB Channel 5 Boston. The man who stole the dog, 29-year-old Kyle Gariepy, was caught on camera walking away from the scene.
Greg Siesczkiewicz, Titus’s owner, shared with the news outlet that someone had opened his vehicle, leashed Titus, and walked off, leaving behind some of their personal belongings in the vehicle.
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Thankfully, Titus wasn’t gone long because the very next day 7NEWS arrived at the scene of the crime and spotted none other than Titus and the dog thief! They shared in a post that the suspect claimed he didn’t steal the dog and that it was all a misunderstanding.
He said, “He was just barking in the car and I walked past the car and I thought it was supposed to be a dog I was dog walking.”
When asked why he didn’t call the number on the dog tag, Gariepy said he tried but the phone was broken. He was taken into custody and faces charges of “larceny of more than $1,200 and breaking and entering into a vehicle to commit a felony,” according to the post by 7NEWS.
Siesczkiewicz did admit to WCVB Channel 5 Boston that he doesn’t believe the man who stole his dog had ill will, so it’s unclear if he will pursue the matter in court. At this time, he’s just happy to have his dog back and thankful that Titus returned quickly and in good health.
Titus’s owner plans to have him microchipped so his dog can be more easily identified and returned if he ever goes missing again.
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