Puppy worth over $6k recovered, suspected thieves arrested

Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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A red dapple miniature Dachshund puppy worth almost $6,300 that was stolen from Petland. Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office

Thanks to camera footage and tips from the community, Lee County deputies were able to recover a Dachshund puppy worth more than $6,000 reported stolen from a pet store and arrest two suspects in the theft.

Deputies went to the Petland Pet Store located at 7091 College Parkway after a male Dachshund puppy, valued at $6,299.99, was reported stolen. Store surveillance footage showed three suspects removing the puppy from his pen and leaving without paying. Using this footage, detectives worked with Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers to ask the public for its help.

Crime Stoppers fielded numerous tips and, in coordination with detectives, identified two suspects: 18-year-old Ashley Camallery, of Cape Coral, and a teenager. Detectives found both and confirmed their involvement in the theft.

Detectives recovered the puppy at the younger suspect’s home in North Fort Myers and brought it back to the store.

Both suspects face a charge of grand theft.

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