Police arrest man in Columbia puppy theft

Woman who got dog as a gift might buy it

July 27, 2006|By MELISSA HARRIS | MELISSA HARRIS,SUN REPORTER

Howard County police have charged a 21-year-old Waldorf man in last month's theft of a $1,600 purebred Pomeranian puppy from a pet store inside The Mall in Columbia, authorities announced yesterday.

Police still are investigating whether Eric Wilson Donovan played a role in the original theft from the Today's Pet store, or only received the dog after it was stolen.

According to police, Donovan gave the puppy as a gift to a 19-year-old Waldorf woman, whose father suspected that the puppy had been stolen after his sister gave him a news article about the dognapping. Police are not releasing the identity of the 19-year-old or her father.

Today's Pet store manager Joseph Wagner said yesterday that the father and daughter are interested in purchasing the puppy, adding that the teenager had "become very attached" to the small orange-and-white female.

Wagner said the puppy is eating, active and in good shape, but will remain quarantined until next week in case she contracted any diseases while away from the store.

Store workers believe that the thief entered the store through a rear door and then slipped out a nearby service entrance. At the time, the puppy weighed 2 pounds and was being medicated for hypoglycemia.

A microchip implanted in the puppy's shoulder identified her as stolen.

Police still are investigating whether anyone else was involved in the June 28 theft or had taken care of the dog since then. Anyone with information is asked to call Howard County police at 410-313-3700.

melissa.harris@baltsun.com

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