A Texas woman accused of taking a dog was recently arrested by police. The alleged theft occurred while the woman was delivering a package to the owner's home. She reportedly tried to sell the dog a short while later.
The 22-year-old woman was working as a driver for Amazon deliveries, and her boyfriend -- a delivery worker -- was with her over the Fourth of July weekend. While passing the owner's home, she apparently spotted a dachshund running around the yard and stopped her delivery van. It is not clear if this was a planned stop for a delivery. After exiting the vehicle, she spoke with a nearby landscaper who apparently told her to whom the dog belonged.
After her brief conversation, she was seen removing the dog from the yard by two construction workers who were working near the home. The homeowner learned of the delivery woman's alleged actions from the construction workers and reported the incident to the police. Neighborhood surveillance cameras help police identify the delivery driver and issued a warrant for her arrest. She turned herself in, but insisted that she had not taken the dog. A few days later she told police that she had been involved and returned the dog.
Police say that the woman may have tried to sell the dog on Craigslist. Although it is not entirely clear what charges she is facing, theft allegations can be particularly serious in Texas. In order to minimize potential criminal consequences -- including jail time and fines -- defendants may want to speak with an experienced attorney about their options.