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Puppy stolen from pet store returned

Woman surrenders to police on retail theft charges

Stolen puppy returned to pet store; suspect surrenders

BOYERTOWN, Pa. - A woman sought in the theft of a $700 puppy from a pet store in Boyertown has surrendered to police, and the abandoned puppy has been reunited with her litter-mates.

Diane Taglieber was charged Tuesday with retail theft and freed on $10,000 unsecured bail, police said.

Taglieber was identified by several people who saw surveillance video of a woman picking the puppy out of its pen inside Zimmers Pets, 51 East Philadelphia Ave., in Boyertown, and placing it inside a bag before leaving the store Sunday afternoon, police said.

"We had an overwhelming outpouring of calls, probably at least 100 phone calls, most of them identifying the subjects that were there," said Ofc. Kyle Morgan, Boyertown Police Department.

Taglieber, 27, of Pottstown, admitted to being at the store during the span of time when the theft occurred, but she denied taking the puppy, according to court documents.

Two other women who were with Taglieber and their children inside the store were not charged.

The puppy -- a Pug/Jack Russell mix -- was abandoned in a park in Pottstown. A nearby resident later found the dog and reported it missing. Morgan returned it to the store Tuesday morning.

"We don't know what happened to her, what kind of care she was given while she was away from us, so we're happy to have her back," said Samuel Zimmers, the store manager and owner's son.

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