VINEYARD, Utah (ABC4 News) — A goldendoodle stolen from the Puppy Barn in Vineyard has been returned to the owner, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
In a press release, authorities said a local attorney called the detective investigating the theft and told him he had been brought the puppy by someone who knew the suspect.
The puppy was then returned to the owner, the release said.
Detectives later identified the woman who stole the puppy as Savannah Morgan Griffin, 22, from Provo.
Police said a security camera captured Griffin who stole the dog as she was walking outside of the business on May 1.
Police said an employee at the store had seen the dog which was valued at $1,200 a few minutes before it went missing.
Griffin reportedly admitted to a detective that she stole the puppy during an interview in her attorney’s office on May 30, according to a press release.
She reportedly told detectives that she stole the puppy to replace a family dog that had died.
Griffin arrested on one count of misdemeanor theft and the case has been referred to the Utah County Attorney’s Office for formal charges.