Stolen Puppies Returned to Pet Store

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    The Havenese and Maltese puppies stolen from two area Petland stores Friday have been returned.

    After surveillance video caught a woman stealing a puppy from a Naperville pet store Friday, store officials said the stolen pup was returned to a store in Missouri Sunday.

    A spokesman for the Petland Naperville said a man walked into a Petland in Lake St. Louis and placed a kennel with three small white puppies inside in front of the counter.

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    On Friday, a woman was handed a white 2-month-old Havanese puppy named Casper, and when the employee walked away, she put the dog under her jacket and walked out of the store. The incident was captured on the surveillance camera at Petland Naperville.

    "She walked in the door, she walked around for a little bit and asked to play with the puppy. We got it out for her, and as soon as we put her in the room and checked on some other customers, she got up and walked right out the front door," store owner Adam Stachowiak said.

    Stachowiak says Casper needs special care, including feedings every three hours, which is why his store is staffed 24 hours a day to meet the animals' needs.

    About 30 minutes earlier, the same thing happened at a Petland store in Bolingbrook. A woman was also caught on surveillance video stealing a male 14-week-old white Maltese puppy named Hercules.

    Stachowiak said the man dropped the puppies, two maltese and a havenese at the store's counter and fled.

    "All puppies checked out OK and are headed home," he said.

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