A 25-year-old woman has been arrested after she was recorded on an Orlando, Florida, pet store's security cameras, appearing to stuff a $1,300 Yorkie puppy into her purse and leaving without paying, according to police.
Surveillance footage shows the woman, identified by police as Carolina Mejia Urbina, casually walking around The Puppy Stop pet store around 5 p.m. Wednesday. She is then seen looking over her shoulder a few times before quickly snatching a Yorkshire Terrier puppy from a play pen, stuffing it in her handbag and then walking out of the store without paying.
"I was mopping the floor, and I had my guard down," the store's owner, Donald Charles Glatz, told ABC News today. "I saw her quickly leave, but it was around 6:30 when we were doing our daily puppy counts that I realized we had a missing Yorkie. We went to the cameras right away and saw her sneakily snatch the Yorkie, so we called police."
This morning, Glatz said Urbina called his wife, saying she returned the puppy and that it could be retrieved in a dumpster behind the store.
"It was ridiculous, but luckily, our little boy seems to be doing good, and we're going to have him seen by a veterinarian tomorrow," Glatz said.
Glatz added that Urbina said she wanted to meet away from the store and "put a down payment for the puppy as long as we promised not to have her arrested."
Glatz said he agreed to the meet-up, but he also told police about it, so that when she arrived, police arrested her.
A spokeswoman for the Orlando Police Department told ABC News today that Urbina was arrested and charged with grand theft this afternoon.
It was not immediately clear whether Urbina had retained a lawyer.