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Juliana Mazza with 7News was standing in a parking lot in Cambridge, Massachusetts, covering the story of a stolen 13-month-old German shorthaired pointer named Titus when she captured the thief on live TV.
The dog had been stolen the previous day while it was waiting in a car for its owner. As she was giving the report from the parking lot where the dog was stolen from, she saw something from out of the corner of her eye. It was Titus! And he was walking with a man later identified to be 29-year-old Kyle Gariepy.
She told her camera man to contined filming and called Kyle over to them. She told Inside Edition, “The first thing I did was I asked if I could pet the dog because I wanted to get down to the nametag to be able to confirm that the name matched the name of the missing dog.”
She engaged him with conversation while she stood in front of him and called the police to report that the missing dog has been found. He stayed there with the reporter until police arrived on the scene and arrested him. He was charged with larceny and breaking into a motor vehicle.
What’s most bizarre, is the man was fully compliant and said it was all a misunderstanding. He said he thought it was a dog he was supposed to be walking. However, what seemed weird is that he had the dog for over 24 hours and didn’t think to call the phone number on the dog’s collar.
“The dog was treated very well and I’m just sorry that it ended this way. I am. And I feel really bad,” Kyle told the judge on Monday, according to Inside Edition.
Juliana added: “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would be the one to find the dog.”
Titus was eventually reunited with his owner, Greg Siesczkiewicz, who got emotional discussing his beloved animal’s return. “I’m thrilled to have Titus back, I think he’s glad to have me back,” he said. To see more on the story, go ahead and click on the video below showing the moment she caught him red-handed.