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OC police end puppy theft case after reimbursement

A letter of apology and $600 in cash was sent to an Orange County pet store, where a puppy theft took place on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.

January 29, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The case of the puppy stolen from an Orange County pet shop has been closed after thieves reimbursed the store.

A 2-month-old chow puppy was stolen from a Pet City store in Stanton on Thursday. A man and a woman worked together to distract an employee before stealing the animal, worth about $600. The whole heist was caught by a surveillance camera.

In a bizarre twist Friday, an apology note and $600 in cash was turned in to the store - but no dog. Orange County sheriff's deputies said paying for the dog didn't make the theft OK and were still pursuing the suspects.

However, the sheriff's department has closed the case after the business requested no charges be filed.