Women arrested, accused of stealing puppy from adoption center | Crime
WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Three women have been arrested, accused of stealing a puppy from an animal adoption center.
Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said deputies arrested 26-year-old Amanda Kay Cirmella, 22-year-old Megan Marie Howard of Aiken and 19-year-old Brittany Leigh Yontz of Gilbert. The women were arrested Wednesday and were taken to the Lexington County Detention Center.
The three are charged with petit larceny in connection with the theft of a six-week-old beagle-mix puppy from Pets, Inc. Arrest warrants say the three entered the adoption center on Orchard Drive on July 9 and removed the puppy without making adoption arrangements.
Sheriff Metts said the puppy was returned to the adoption center earlier this week. He said the women are friends who attend the same cosmetology school.
Deputies still are searching for a St. Bernard puppy from the Pets, Inc. adoption center on July 8. The puppy also was returned this week. Sheriff Metts said investigators continue to follow leads in the case.
If you have any information that can help deputies make an arrest, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.
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