It was the perfect crime: one woman decided she was going to steal a family’s puppy from out of a family’s yard. And she would have gotten away with it if it was not for that pesky news agency. And security cameras. And Facebook. And the police. Well, maybe it was not a perfect plan–but at least it turned into an epic chase, and hey—the puppy is okay.
Last Tuesday evening in Austin, TX, the Kupecz family had decided to grab a bite to eat. While out, they left their 3-month-old Labrador puppy, Bear, in their backyard so he could play. It was normal practice for the family, and they fully expected for him to be there when they got back home. Except, he was not.
The Kupecz family’s puppy, Bear, was stolen from out of their yard. The entire theft was caught on security footage.
Distraught, the family went to their security system to find out how their puppy got out.
They saw a woman dressed in running clothes, sunglasses, and a baseball cap. She walked by the house, then moved to the backyard entrance and opened the gate. The happy little puppy then followed her down the driveway, and out of sight.
Bear had been stolen.
“I thought we were never going to see him again,” Karl Kupecz told CBS News Austin.
And so, the family did what anyone would—they turned to social media for help. They posted the security footage of the theft, as well as enhanced photos of the woman.
The response was incredible. Within hours, people were showing support to the family. Local news station, CBS Austin, even offered to do a story on the theft.
The theft began an epic pursuit which involved social media, the police, and even a local news team.
The next day, at around 8:00 a.m., one person contacted Kupecz on Facebook. They had seen the suspect in a neighborhood near the Kupecz’s home riding a bike. Kupecz quickly went to the scene, but could not find her.
That was when the CBS news crew found the woman. The crew had been driving to the Kupecz’s home, when they spotted the woman on her bike. They called Kupecz and immediately gave chase.
Kupecz, meanwhile, called the police and joined the hunt. He caught up to the news crew, and the suspect.
“I want to talk to you,” Kupecz told the woman according to KXAN.
“No, I don’t want to go to jail,” was the only thing the suspect said, according to KXAN.
A short while later, the police arrived on the scene. They arrested the woman, and found Bear tied to a tree in a backyard mere blocks from the Kupecz’s home.
Bear was returned home to the relief of the Kupecz.
Bear was then taken to the vet to make sure he was alright, but then was returned home on Thursday.
“My daughter is going to be ecstatic when she sees him,” Kupecz told CBS News Austin. “We totally didn’t expect this.”
It was pretty amazing that the online community managed to rally behind this puppy, and find the thief.