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Queensbury couple steals puppy worth $2,500, dog found safe and sound

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Shawn Hewitt (Warren County Sheriff's Office) Shawn Hewitt (Warren County Sheriff's Office)
Gabrielle VanBrielle (Warren County Sheriff's Office) Gabrielle VanBrielle (Warren County Sheriff's Office)

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – The Warren County Sheriff's Office has located the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel valued at $2,500 that was stolen Monday from Happy Tails pet store.

Officials received information Monday indicating that the dog may have been at a residence in John Burke Apartments in Queensbury.

As a result of the investigation Shawn A. Hewitt, 21, of Queensbury was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property Fourth, a felony, and Obstruction of Governmental Administration for his efforts to avoid arrest on a parole warrant. Gabrielle VanBrielle, 22, also of Queensbury was arrested for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property Fourth and the misdemeanor of Hindering Prosecution for hiding Hewitt on the parole warrant.

The dog was recovered on the premises and returned to its owners.

Hewitt was held for arraignment and on the parole warrant.  VanBrielle was released to appear at a later date in Queensbury Town Court.

According to the store owner Susan Purdue, the couple had been wearing baggy clothing when they walked into the store. Purdue says the man distracted her while the woman must have put the puppy in her sweater and left.

"The way they were acting it was like they knew what they were doing knew where to go even parked in such a way for a quick getaway,' said Purdue.

Unfortunately Purdue says at the time she didn't put it all together, but when she returned to give her pups water the cavalier was gone.  Pursue says in her eight and a half years in business this is the second time someone has targeted her shop and stolen a puppy.

"It needs proper vaccinations for the next few months, food if they don't feed it the right thing it's going to get diarrhea there is just a lot of commitment toward a puppy," said Purdue.

The stores surveillance camera was not on at the time of the theft.

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