Video shows a California man stealing a dog from a parked car

There are many reasons to never leave a dog locked in a car – one of them is that it could be stolen. Surveillance footage shows a man stealing a small dog through the window of a parked car and driving off with the animal in tow. Earl Choi, 38, of Fullerton, California, faces charges in an alleged napping incident that occurred in the parking lot of Irvine’s University Town Center. Here’s what the video footage showed of how the dog napper was caught and what happened to the dog.

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A small dog named “Mookie” was left in a parked car in the University Town Center parking lot in Irvine, California. Surveillance footage shows exactly how the theft unfolded: Dognapper approached the car from the rear passenger side, interacted with the dog, and then took it out through the broken window. The entire incident lasted 40 seconds. Read on to learn more and watch the video.

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Mookie’s owner reported the incident to an animal rescue website hoping someone would have seen the dog or known what happened. Someone replied – Choi. According to Choi, his roommate came home with a dog that matched Mookie’s description and he would return the pet for a fee.

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Mookie’s owner agreed to meet Choi at a mutually agreed upon location to exchange the dog and money. What Choi didn’t know was that law enforcement was involved: when Choi arrived, officers were waiting. He was arrested and charged with grand larceny, and Mookie was safely returned to his owner.

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Stealing a dog in California can result in hefty fines or even jail time. If a dog is worth more than $950, it is considered grand theft – otherwise petty theft. If a dog is stolen from private property, the perpetrator can be charged with burglary. Grand Theft can be charged either as a misdemeanor or as a punishment punishable by up to 3 years in prison.

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Leaving your pet alone in a car can lead not only to theft, but potentially death. “Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any length of time.” warns the Humane Society. “On a warm day, the temperature inside a car can exceed 120°C in a matter of minutes – even with the windows partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heat exhaustion or suffocation.”

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Sarah Y. Kim

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