Police nab 2 for stealing puppy from Murfreesboro pet store - WKRN News 2

Police nab 2 for stealing puppy from Murfreesboro pet store

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

Murfreesboro police arrested two juveniles for stealing a Pekingese puppy from a pet store.

Security cameras at Animal City on Northwest Broad Street in Murfreesboro captured two people, a young man and woman looking at a table filled with puppies.

The couple stood at the table for 10 minutes as the woman pets and picks up one of the dogs.

On camera the young man says something to the woman and then walks out of the frame to talk with a store employee.

As he does this, the young woman takes a puppy down a store aisle, lifts her shirt and puts the dog underneath.

She then can be seen walking past the camera and out the door.

Murfreesboro police arrested a male and female, both under the age of 18. The puppy was recovered and was returned to the store Thursday night.

"Oh goodness we are so thankful," said Animal City Pet Store manager Amanda Kiviniemi. "We are glad to know he is okay, that we'll be able to place him in a home where we know he'll be taken care of."

Kiviniemi told Nashville's News 2 that a police officer lives next door to the young woman seen taking the dog from the store.

The officer recognized her from watching the news. Police arrested her and the juvenile man Thursday evening.

"I think the message is, if you attempt something like this the good people of the world will run you down and catch you," said Kiviniemi.

Since the two are juveniles their names and charges cannot be released at this time.

The store sells Pekingese puppies for $650. In Tennessee theft of an item over $600 is considered a Class E felony, punishable by no less than a year in jail and a fine of no more than $2,500.

Store employees have nicknamed the Pekingese "Paparazzi" for the attention he's gotten from news broadcasts.

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