02 October 2019
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Eric L. Laughton
Troop E Commander
The State Police were called to Holly’s Hounds in the Arnot Mall on Tuesday, October 1st. for a report of a stolen beagle. A store employee told troopers that four girls arrived at the store, prior to opening, and were told to wait outside. Once the store opened the girls requested to hold the beagle, but were told no because they were under 18 years of age. The teenagers loitered around the store and when the store employee was distracted, they took the beagle. A customer advised a store employee that they followed the girls to their vehicle. The customer took a photo of the license plate and video surveillance from the mall confirmed the girls had taken the beagle.
State Police went to the residence of the vehicle used and spoke with the parents of one of the girls.
Meanwhile, the Corning Police Department advised Chemung County 911 that three girls came into the station to turn themselves in and return the beagle. The girls told State Police that they took the dog because it was crying and that they should have been in school. The four juveniles and their parents met at the Horseheads station, where they were issued juvenile appearance tickets for Petit Larceny and will report to Chemung County probation later this month.
The beagle was returned to Holly’s Hounds unharmed.