Woman charged in theft of therapy dog from Niles parking lot
By JENNIFER JOHNSON | firstname.lastname@example.org April 3, 2013 6:32PM
Updated: May 12, 2013 6:09AM
A puppy stolen from a Niles parking lot Monday has been reunited with its family, while a Skokie woman faces charges in the dog’s theft.
Adina Tiran, 33, of 4050 Mulford Ave., was charged with one count of felony burglary to a vehicle in the alleged theft of the 7-month-old Pomeranian, named Luigi.
Niles police said surveillance camera footage from the parking lot led investigators to link two vehicles used in the crime to an address in Skokie.
Tiran, who reportedly renamed the dog Foxy during its brief stay, was taken into custody after she was seen by police leaving her home at 1:15 a.m. this morning holding the puppy in her arms, a press release from the Niles Police Department said.
The dog was stolen from its owner’s car while it was parked in the parking lot of Fresh Farms Market, 5740 W. Touhy Ave., around 2 p.m., April 1.
Niles Police Sgt. Robert Tornabene said investigators believe the theft was a “crime of opportunity” and that Tiran simply saw the dog and decided to take it.
Tornabene would not say if Tiran mentioned what prompted the theft.
Luigi’s owner told police that she had locked her vehicle while the dog was inside and it was unattended, but police found no signs of forced entry, Tornabene said.
If found guilty, Tiran could face between three and seven years in prison and a fine up to $25,000, police said.
Luigi belongs to a Chicago family and is described as a therapy dog.
“The dog is important to the family, particularly because it is a therapy dog for their children,” Tornabene said. “It’s been reunited with them, so it’s a good, positive story.”