A suspected dognapper gets caught after a news reporter spots him walking a missing dog on camera.
At the beginning of May, a 1-year-old German Short Haired Pointer named Titus went missing in Cambridge, Massachusetts. According to local police, the thoroughbred dog was believed to have been stolen as CCTV footage caught a suspect breaking into a vehicle and walking off with the pet.
Thankfully, a local journalist took the matter personally and helped the missing pupper reunite with his true owners. As per The Animal Club, the news reporter who solved the mystery was Juliana Mazza, of local news affiliate WHDH-TV.
The dog was wearing an orange collar with the name “Titu.”
— Cambridge Police👮🏽 (@CambridgePolice) May 8, 2021
While reporting on the missing dog case, Mazza noticed something quite unusual. She saw a person walking a Pointer that looked exactly like Titus. What’s more, the man was the same from the footage.
At that point, the reporter was sure she had caught the dognapper, so she went in for an exclusive scoop.
Speaking to Inside Edition, Mazza said:
“The first thing I did was I asked if I could pet the dog because I wanted to get down to the nametag to be able to confirm that the name matched the name of the missing dog.”
The bold journalist then gestured to the cameraman to keep recording and confronted the dognapper on camera.
In a bid to explain his appalling actions, the man, identified as 29-year-old Kyle Gariepy, said:
“He was just barking in the car, and I walked past the car, and I thought it was supposed to be a dog I was dog walking. It wasn’t a kidnapping it was just a simple mistake.“
However, Mazza continued to question the suspect until she reached the bottom of the missing dog case. One of the questions she asked Gariepy was why didn’t he contact the canine’s owners after their number was right on his collar.
Today I was on the job looking into a stolen dog in #Cambridge. I NEVER could’ve imagined that my photog & I would be the ones to actually FIND him! Happy to report we stopped the suspect (whose been arrested) & helped get #Titus back to his dog dad❤️ AND IT’S ALL ON CAMERA ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/ICj5viviRg
— Juliana Mazza (@julianamazzatv) May 8, 2021
After getting another bizarre excuse instead of an answer, the news reporter called the police, telling them she had the dognapper with the dog itself. It took cops just a few minutes until they arrived at the scene and arrested Gariepy.
The 29-year-old was reportedly charged with larceny and breaking into a motor vehicle.
Meanwhile, Titus was reunited with his loving owner, Greg Siesczkiewicz, who exclaimed:
“I’m thrilled to have Titus back. I think he’s glad to have me back.”
Speaking to WHDH, Siesczkiewicz said:
“I’m just glad that the person came back and I’m just glad that you guys were there. If anyone ever sees this who question the value of media, social media, broadcast media, this proves it.”
The journalist who helped solve the case commented:
“Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would be the one to find the dog!”