ORLANDO, Fla. — A woman was arrested and charged with grand theft in connection with the theft of a puppy in Orlando, according to the Orlando Police Department. Carolina Mejia Urbina, 25, was arrested Thursday afternoon, police said.
Surveillance video obtained by police shows a woman stealing a Yorkie, worth $1,295, from an Orlando pet store.
Two women are seen walking around the store in the video. At one point, one of the women is seen taking the puppy from its cage.
The robbery was reported around 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Puppy Stop off East Colonial Drive. The suspected thief saw the video on the news and returned the puppy, trying to avoid arrest, but the police had other plans.
The pet store’s owners got a call telling them where they could find him. According to Charles Gantz, the owner of Puppy Stop, the woman who took the dog called the store Thursday morning and said she didn’t want to get arrested and that they could find the puppy in a dumpster out back where she had returned it.
“So she actually went through this gate. Yeah, she did, and then we found the puppy in this red bag that she threw in the dumpster,” Glantz said.
Glantz said the puppy was fine and that in a phone conversation with his wife, the woman suspected of stealing the dog said saying she wanted to purchase the puppy. Orlando police said they worked with the pet store owners to arrange a meeting. The suspect was then taken into custody. Glantz said he will press charges.
“We want to send a message out there to people that if you steal from us or from any other business, you’re going to jail,” Glantz said.
The puppy is for sale, according to the store owner.