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Mysterious Good Samaritan Returns Stolen Maltese Puppies to Lake St. Louis Petland

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This two-pound cutie was stolen from Petland in Lake St. Louis.
Three fluffy Maltese puppies are safe and healthy after being dognapped over the weekend by an unidentified blonde woman and returned by a mysterious Good Samaritan.

The dognapper -- who stole puppies from two Petland stores in Chicago on Friday and one in Lake St. Louis on Saturday -- is caught on security footage at all three shops distracting employees, stuffing the dog into a purse or vest and walking out the front door.

By Sunday, a tall man in a dark coat left a kennel with the three puppies in the walkway to the Lake St. Louis Petland, calling out to a random customer to help him get the kennel inside. He told the customer he'd be right back, but he never returned, says Petland co-owner Tom Killmade.

"I've never seen anything like this," says Killmade. "We were very distraught. We take our babies very seriously."

See also: Missouri Stolen Dog Case Goes Viral: Man Offers Thieves Car if They Return His Pug "Dugout"

Petland employees and customers spread news of the thefts on Facebook and online, calling the woman Cruella DeVille and hoping she wasn't after their fur.

"She's got a white-fur thing -- very 101 Dalmatians," Killmade says, referencing the white furry vest she wears to steal a third dog from his store, according to security footage. "We were thinking terrible things because she was stealing so many."

Killmade thinks the viral sharing of the dogs' photos turned the heat up for the dognapper, pushing someone who knew about the stolen dogs to return them.

"I assume they ditched them to try to avoid the ultimate consequences," Killmade says.

The man avoided the security cameras that got such a good look at the puppy thief, so Killmade only knows him as a shadow of a tall man in a dark coat.

The Missouri puppy is still for sale. See which charity will benefit once it's sold after the jump.



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brytgreeneyes
brytgreeneyes

I'm betting the "Good Samaritan" was former Blues player Bobby Hess, her husband, probably trying to keep her out of trouble. She's a nut case for sure!

Brian Brown
Brian Brown

The guy who brought them back prob is the guy that stole them

John Davis
John Davis

Wish I knew id shake his hand happy to hear they made it back home

Jemma Misfit
Jemma Misfit

I completely agree, but who's the ding bat the brought them back?

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