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Puppy stolen from Lake City yard return to 4-year-old owner

1:08 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
AP Graphic: Irish Jack Russell Terrier pups, photo on black (Not puppy recovered)
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LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Two 14-year-olds are facing grand theft charges for allegedly stealing a puppy from a 4-year-old.

The Lake City Police Department responded to reports of suspicious activity and a possible theft from the area of NE Bascom Norris Drive and FAMU Lane in Lake City, according to a release from the LCPD.

Officers arrived and located two juveniles, both 14-years-old, who had allegedly been seen by a witness taking something out of a neighbor's yard, according to the release.

While responding officers spoke with the teen suspects, another officer made contact with the homeowner where the teens were allegedly spotted removing something from the back yard, the release detailed. The home owner then noticed his puppy was missing.

After interviewing the teens, they allegedly admitted to taking the dog from the yard, according to the LCPD release. The teens then led officers to a secluded wooded area nearby where the puppy had been hidden. 

The teens were arrested and charged with grand theft and transported to the Columbia County Jail.

The LCPD added, "the puppy was safely recovered and returned by officers to its overjoyed 4-year-old owner."

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