2 Charged in $1,700 Puppy Theft

The Yorkshire terrier was taken from a Petland store last week

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    Gabriel Bandy and James Horvath were charged in connection with stealing a Yorkshire terrier from a Hoffman Estates pet store.

    A $1,700 puppy stolen from a Hoffman Estates pet store last week has been found and two men have been charged in the dognapping thanks to an anonymous tip.

    The Yorkshire terrier was taken from a Petland store at 5:25 p.m. Thursday, the Sun Times reports.

    When a man asked to see two terriers at the store, a clerk brought him a 10-week-old puppy first and then a different one. The man said the second dog was too big, and when the clerk returned a third time, the man and the puppy were gone.

    Hoffman Estates police followed the anonymous phone tips to Niles and the home of 22-year-old Gabriel Bandy. Police later pegged 18-year-old James Horvath of Chicago as the man who took the puppy, the Sun Times said.

    Bandy, of 9221 Courtland Dr. in Niles, was charged with one count of possession of stolen property. Bond was set at $1,000 and his next court date is scheduled for Feb. 25.

    Horvath, of 5253 W. Sunnyside Ave., was charged with one count of felony retail theft, according to the release. A bond hearing was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

    The puppy is in good health.