Woman arrested for allegedly snatching dog after owner had seizure at Colorado 7-Eleven, police say

PHOTO: Authorities are searching for a woman caught on camera taking a dog from a 7-Eleven in Longmont, Colorado, after its owner had a seizure.PlayLongmont Police Department
WATCH Woman snatches dog after owner has seizure at Colorado 7-Eleven

Authorities in Colorado have arrested a woman who allegedly snatched a dog after its owner suffered a medical emergency at a convenience store.

The 59-year-old victim had been feeling ill when he decided to go for a walk with his dog, named Sampson, or Sammy, to a 7-Eleven in Longmont on Tuesday evening, according to a Facebook post from the Longmont Police Department.

The man then suffered a seizure, and while he was being tended to by paramedics, a woman removed the chihuahua from the scene, police said. He later died.

The act of dog-napping was caught on surveillance camera, police said. Images released by the police department show a woman in a dark tank top and pants walking away from the parking lot, the dog trailing behind her on its leash.

PHOTO: Authorities are searching for a woman caught on camera taking a dog from a 7-Eleven in Longmont, Colorado, after its owner had a seizure. Longmont Police Department
Authorities are searching for a woman caught on camera taking a dog from a 7-Eleven in Longmont, Colorado, after its owner had a seizure.

On Thursday morning, police arrested Melody Mellon, 30, after they were called to investigate a motor vehicle theft. During the investigation, Mellon was identified as the suspect who allegedly stole the pup and she was taken into custody on outstanding warrants, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, police said.

She was also charged with the theft of the vehicle and issued a municipal summons for allegedly stealing Sampson, police said.

PHOTO: Melody Mellon is pictured in this undated photo released by Boulder County Jail. Boulder County Jail
Melody Mellon is pictured in this undated photo released by Boulder County Jail.

Sampson was reunited with his family Wednesday afternoon after Longmont Police Department Deputy Chief Jeff Satur saw him walking along Main Street with a couple, police said.

Satur told CBS Denver affiliate KCNC that Sampson "stood out."

"I recognized him right away," Satur said.

PHOTO: Authorities are searching for a woman caught on camera taking a dog from a 7-Eleven in Longmont, Colorado, after its owner had a seizure. Longmont Police Department
Authorities are searching for a woman caught on camera taking a dog from a 7-Eleven in Longmont, Colorado, after its owner had a seizure.
PHOTO: Authorities are searching for a woman caught on camera taking a dog from a 7-Eleven in Longmont, Colorado, after its owner had a seizure. Longmont Police Department
Authorities are searching for a woman caught on camera taking a dog from a 7-Eleven in Longmont, Colorado, after its owner had a seizure.

Satur then approached the couple, who told him that a woman gave them the dog.

Sampson's reunion with the family was "emotional," police said.

"He was thrilled to see them," a police Facebook post said.