Police arrest brazen puppy-napper - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Police arrest brazen puppy-napper

SPOKANE Wash. - New details on a crime that has a lot of people talking.  A thief walked into a pet store near Sprague and Altamont just before noon Wednesday and stole two nine-week-old puppies.  It was all caught on tape and left storeowners and police wondering what kind of a person would steal puppies.

Police say surveillance video shows Donald Olsen walking out of Northwest Seed and Pet with two nine-week-old Cocker Spaniel puppies.

KHQ showed the surveillance footage during our 5:00 news, hoping someone would be able to identify the suspect, and someone did just that.  24 minutes after the story aired, someone called police saying they knew the man in the video and told police where he could be located.

Police said Olsen had gone to a nearby bingo hall after the robbery and gave the puppies to a woman, telling her to take them home and see if she liked them.  Police contacted the woman and she told them what happened and the puppies were recovered.

The puppies were returned to the store unharmed.  Olsen, the alleged the puppy-napper, has been charged with theft and trying to sell stolen property.

Bill McGinty
KHQ Reporter

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