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Re: Pizza Delivery man Seen on Video Allegedly Stealing Puppy From Brooklyn Building

@MorningLover   Exactly.

 

First she said the dog went to the door, barking,  She said she used her foot to keep the dog from running out when she opened the door.

 

Now the story has changed-she didn't know where the dog was???  All night?

 

Ok.

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Re: Pizza Delivery man Seen on Video Allegedly Stealing Puppy From Brooklyn Building

No, she didn't realize right away that the dog was missing. 

 

Could have been minutes or even an hour or so. 

 

But she did realize before the night was over that the dog was missing.  She stayed up awake and crying all night. 

 

I'm sure she went looking for it, but of course it wasn't found.  You can't call the police for a missing dog report. 

 

She probably alerted neighbors and building management as it stated they supplied her with elevator video of the Uber driver holding the dog. 

 

I'm sure she had no idea that was who took the dog.  I mean an Uber driver can very easily be identified, I would think. 

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This lady's story is heartbreaking! I could not help but tear up as I read of her anguish.😞 Hopefully, she and her beloved Ella will be reunited soon; regardless of the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.🤞🤞

 

 

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Re: Pizza Delivery man Seen on Video Allegedly Stealing Puppy From Brooklyn Building


@Cakers3 wrote:

@chrystaltree wrote:

I don't find surprising or even interesting.  People steal and that includes animals.  They know who this guy is , that's a good thing.  More than likely they will get the dog back.  This woman was a careless pet owner, especially living in an apartment building.  She should have put the dog in a bedroom or bathroom and closed the door while had her front door open because if an animal wants to bust out, a foot in the door is not going to stop them.  


@chrystaltreeOf course the most important part of this story is that this person stole the dog, and hopefully will be returned since Uber knows the identity of the driver..

 

I do agree, however, that it would have been better had the dog been put in a room with the door closed.

 

What surprises me is that she did not leave immediately to bring her dog back in.  The dog ran out and then she did what?  Not follow out to retrieve her?

 

Seems like she took the food in, probably opened the bag to make sure everything was there and sometime later thought about the dog.  Strange because most pet owners would have retrieved their pet first.  The Uber guy would have just left the food at her door.  I do hope she gets her dog back and that she keeps her him safe after this.

 

 


 

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Re: Pizza Delivery man Seen on Video Allegedly Stealing Puppy From Brooklyn Building

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UPDATE

Brooklyn woman's stolen dog returned, one person in custody, police say

Mar 08, 2022, 7:21pm Updated 13h ago
By: News 12
 
Brooklyn woman's stolen dog returned, one person in custody, police say

 

The woman who says an Uber delivery driver stole her dog over the weekend was reunited with her puppy on Tuesday. 

 
Melanie Polanco said her family ordered pizza through Uber Eats to their apartment. The delivery man – who was identified by Polanco only as “Michael” – was at the door.
 
When she opened the door to grab the food, she said the 6-month-old cocker spaniel poodle mix must have slipped out. She then realized the puppy was gone, but said she was shocked upon seeing the surveillance video.
 
"My heart dropped. I was just like, 'what the heck?' He stole my puppy!" Polanco said. 
 
The video appears to show the delivery man get into the elevator, pause, and then exit. Then moments later, he returns with Ella in his arms before he walked out of the building and drove off.
 
The delivery man called Tuesday around 9 a.m. after News 12 interviewed Polanco. Polanco told News 12 that the delivery man kept changing his story in a phone call to her. He insisted he was not trying to steal the pup. He promised that Ella was on her way back.
 
Nearly three hours later, around 12:15 p.m., Ella was returned home.
The man who dropped off the dog claimed that he was paid by someone to deliver her to Polanco.
 
Detectives who were waiting nearby quickly closed in and took the man into custody for questioning. 
 
Police said they’re now looking for the Uber driver and will be putting out a wanted poster.
 
Polonca said justice will be served when Michael, the Uber Eats driver, is found. Uber told News 12 the driver's access has been revoked and that the company is working with law enforcement to resolve the issue.
 
In the meantime, she's just grateful to have her furry baby back at home.
"She's my child and part of the family. I'm so happy and relieved that she's OK," Polanco said. Heart
 
Ella, a six month old Cocker Spaniel / Poodle mix
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Re: Pizza Delivery man Seen on Video Allegedly Stealing Puppy From Brooklyn Building

A happy outcome.  Ella is really cute.

 

I thought this woman lived alone.  Seeing this is a family I am still surprised nobody noticed the pup was missing.

 

Lesson learned, hopefully.

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Re: Pizza Delivery man Seen on Video Allegedly Stealing Puppy From Brooklyn Building


@Sooner wrote:

I feel sorry for people who have pets taken, and people should be punished.  It's theft!

 

The paper boy stole our Siamese cat when I was a kid.  The cat came back a couple of days later.

 

How do we know it was the paper boy?  The cat told us.  One look at the kids arms and there was no doubt about it.  

 

 


@Sooner 

 

I'm so sorry.  I can't tell you what I'd do if someone took Shadow!  

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Thanks for posting that this sweet baby is back home with her family.  That Uber driver is a cruel man.  And little Ella would benefit from some training to learn the meaning of "Stay".