Man arrested for stealing SUV and dog says he released dog near East Lake Park

5:50 PM, Jul 11, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida-- Tampa Police officials found and arrested the suspect they say was responsible for stealing a man's SUV with his dog inside last month. 

HCSO reports that 26-year-old Mario Perez stole the vehicle shortly after 7:30 p.m. on June 19 from a Walmart parking lot on N Dale Mabry Highway. 

Richard McGannon, the owner of the 2007 Chevy Tahoe and the mixed-breed pup named "Poochie", told police he went into the store to buy dog food, and found his SUV and dog missing when he left.

Police arrested Perez last Thursday, July 5, who said he released McGannon's dog near the East Lake Park subdivision on Orient Road.

The search remains for "Poochie", and anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of the dog, Poochie, is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200.

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