BOCA RATON, Florida – A Florida woman has been charged with breaking into her neighbor’s home and stealing her puppy, authorities said.
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Temple Inman, 57, of Boca Raton, is charged with aggravated theft and breaking into an uninhabited building, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Inman accused her neighbors of abusing their black Shih Tzu puppy named Binnie on June 21, according to the sheriff’s office, the Sun Sentinel reported.
Later that day, Binnie’s owners discovered a hole in their patio door, the newspaper reported. Binnie was missing.
“I was devastated,” said Hemilly Moraes, the puppy’s owner, to WPBF. “I couldn’t do anything more. I just cried all day. “
The next day, Moraes’ family noticed Inman walking a black Shih Tzu puppy in the apartment complex, according to Sun-Sentinel. When a man confronted Inman and accused her of stealing Binnie, Inman berated him, according to the sheriff’s office.
The man called to Binnie in Portuguese and the dog ran up to him, but Inman pulled hard on the leash and made the animal stop and choke, authorities said.
After seeing the video from the surveillance camera, authorities said they saw Inman carrying the puppy through the apartment complex on the day it was stolen, WPBF reported.
Inman was arrested on Friday but the dog was still missing, WPEC reported.
“I was really scared that they would harm her,” Moraes told WPBF. “Because I’m very attached to her. And if they did something to her, I don’t know what to do. “
Inman’s son brought Binnie back to Moraes the next day and also apologized, the Sun Sentinel reported.
“I only hugged her for 10 minutes,” Moraes told WPBF. “I was really beside myself that I got her back.”
Inman remains in jail with $ 51,000 bail, Boca News Now reported.
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