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Anonymous tips lead to stolen puppy, two suspects

The purloined $1,700 Yorkshire terrier puppy is safe.

And two suspected dognappers are under arrest.

Police received anonymous tips that led to the recovery of the 10-week old puppy stolen from a Hoffman Estates pet store last week, as well as two men who have been charged in connection with the theft.

The Yorkshire terrier was taken from a Petland store in the northwest suburb Thursday, a police report said.

A man had asked to look at a couple of the black-and-tan terriers, and when the clerk was returning one to the kennel area, the man disappeared with the other puppy.

On Monday, Hoffman Estates police said they went to Niles and recovered the puppy from the home of Gabriel Bandy, 22. Further investigation led to the arrest of James Horvath, 18, a Chicago man accused of taking the puppy from the store, a release from police said. The puppy was inspected by a veterinarian who positively identified it by microchip. The dog, weighing just 1 pound, 3 ounces, was in good health.



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