STANTON (CBS) — A man and a woman caught on tape stealing a puppy from an Orange County pet store apparently felt some remorse, delivering an apology note and $600 to the business the next day, but authorities said that won’t get them off the hook.

(UPDATE 7:15p.m. Saturday) After saying that the apology note and $600 was not enough to get the puppy-pilfering duo off the hook, Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino now says no charges will be filed.

“They made full restitution and there will be no action taken at the request of the business,” Amormino told City News Service.

On Thursday, surveillance video caught the two suspects at Pet City in Stanton. The man could be seen jiggling the cages at Pet City to see if any were open.

stanton pet store theft2 Remorseful Puppy Nappers Send Apology Note, $600 To OC Pet Store

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Moments later, the man asked the store clerk to see a dog.

While the employee set him up in a room to play with the pup, the woman he was with took a Chow from its cage and walked out.

The next day, the woman reportedly gave a shopper outside $20 to deliver the apology note and the cash to a store employee. The shopper called 911 but the female suspect, described as Latina, was gone by the time deputies arrived.

Several people have reportedly phoned in tips as to the identity of the puppy-nappers.

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Comments (23)
  1. jim says:

    i’m sure the pet store already has an order in to the kennel to engineer them 5 more puppies to replace the stolen one.

    1. sparky says:

      So that justifies crime? You’re part of the problem, not part of the solution.

      1. June Bug says:

        Who? Amormino? The thieves? Pet shop owners? Readers? You?

  2. Sage Advice says:

    Not condoning the thieves’ actions, other than their attempts to make it right seem right; but from the looks of that video, that place is a rank-and-file pit for puppy mills.

    1. rachel says:

      sure is…disgraceful and very sad

  3. sparky says:

    If they were so remorseful, they would have returned the puppy. They’ll get their money back when they sell the puppy.

    1. KTinKC says:

      It is extremely rare that you’ll find indivuals who can charge more for a puppy than pet stores do. It additionally seems an odd criminal endeavor that involves purchasing at retail prices then reselling said item on the “black market” for a profit. Maybe they simply felt bad for doing something wrong and this was the way they chose to correct it. Granted, they shouldn’t have committed the crime in the first place.

  4. james says:

    two morons. they admit the crime AND provide more evidence to police!

  5. dave says:

    they will never get convicted they paid for it after the fact no judge in his/her right mind will convict someone and send them to jail when they gave the money to make it right

  6. June Bug says:

    “It’s just a matter of time before they get arrested,” “It’s far better for them to just come forward, tell their side of the story, and clear this up.” YEA SURE! Find a local Cop and tell him/her you have a guilty conscience cause you broke the law? Every police officer I have met is ALWAYS understanding and wants you to tell YOUR story to clear Things Up! Right…Firefighters DO NOT extinguish Fires Also!

    1. Shubham says:

      There is envleitdy a bundle to realize about this. I assume you made various good points in features also.

  7. Flo Steele says:

    So glad they were let off the hook. They paid in full for the dog and the owner of the store realized their remorse by doing so and didn’t press charges to make them go to jail. Justice was served in an unconventional way. Yay to the owner of the store you did right!

    1. bob says:

      It wasn’t remorse that made them pay. It was the video.

  8. lee says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.
    A corrupt DEA poisoned my dog to death because I called the San Francisco Attorney General’s office to complain that the FBI and DEA where fabricating evidence and stealing from me.

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