A Skokie woman was charged this week with stealing a Pomeranian puppy out of a parked car in northwest suburban Niles.
Adina Tiran, 33, faces up to seven years and a $25,000 fine for allegedly stealing 7-month-old Luigi, a therapy dog used by two children, Monday afternoon. Niles police say Tiran took the 7-month-old dog from a vehicle 1:58 p.m. in the lot of Fresh Farms Market.
Police said in a statement that investigators "painstakingly reviewed hours of video-tape footage" from store surveillance cameras to link two vehicles used in the crime to a Skokie home.
When investigators arrived at the home, police said Tiran was exiting out a rear door with Luigi in her arms. Tiran and Luigi were transported to the Niles Police Department, and the pup's owners were reunited with their dog.
“Luigi, other than being renamed 'Foxy' by the offender, appeared to be in good health and there was no apparent signs of abuse," police said in a statement.