Thursday, May 23, 2024

A suspect in a dog theft is spotted on the BU Bridge walking a dog with spots in an image provided by police.

Police have arrested Kyle Gariepy, 29, of Boston, in connection with a dog stolen Friday at around 12:32 p.m. from a car parked at 620 Memorial Drive, Area II.

After the car was broken into, a 13-month-old white German Short Haired Pointer named Titus disappeared from it – and the man suspected of the break-in and dog theft was soon spotted walking the dog over the BU Bridge into Boston, police said.

But Gariepy came back Saturday to where the dog had been reported stolen, police said. “A local reporter doing a story on this incident spotted the dog, spoke with the defendant and notified the police,” said Jeremy Warnick, director of communications and media relations for Cambridge police, on Saturday.

The dog was in good health, Warnick said, and police expect to charge Gariepy with larceny over $1,200 (for Titus) and breaking and entering into a motor vehicle with intent to commit a felony.

Update on May 10, 2021: After a WHDH television crew report led to Gariepy’s arrest, he said the dognaping had been a misunderstanding – that he spotted Titus barking in the car and “thought it was the dog I was supposed to be walking … it was a simple mistake.”