Puppy stolen from rescue center; suspect arrested

Puppy stolen from rescue center; suspect arrested

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Justin Geiger, of Middle Island, N.Y. (Suffolk County Police photo) Justin Geiger, of Middle Island, N.Y. (Suffolk County Police photo)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Cops on Long Island on Thursday arrested a suspected dognapper who allegedly broke into a pet rescue center and stole a puppy from a rescue group on Wednesday.

A worker from Friends of Freddie Pet Rescue in Middle Island called cops after finding the front door smashed and a puppy missing, according to Suffolk County Police.

Detectives investigating the puppy's disappearance arrested Justin Geiger, 23, at his home Thursday afternoon. The detectives found the stolen Rottweiler puppy at Geiger, police said.

Cops suspected Geiger after hearing that he had come to the rescue center on Tuesday asking if that puppy had a microchip. Employees told Geiger that the dog didn't have a chip.

Authorities charged Geiger with third-degree burglary and tossed him behind bars. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, police said.

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