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Remorseful Puppy-Nappers Send Apology Note, $600 To OC Pet Store

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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.

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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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