Journalist solves missing dog case while reporting live from crime scene: “What are the odds?”
A Boston reporter was covering a story about a recently stolen dog when she noticed a passerby walking with a puppy that looked exactly like the extinct animal.
On May 9, WHDH-TV reporter Juliana Mazza and her cameraman John Gruice were in a Cambridge parking lot to cover the recent flight of a 13-year-old short-haired German pointer named Titus. Titus was reported missing from his owner’s car on May 7 and was last seen wearing an orange collar with an identification tag. Surveillance footage revealed the profile of the man suspected of taking Titus.
Mazza said Interior edition that, while she was filming, she spotted a man walking a short haired pointer with an orange collar. So she approached him to ask if she could stroke the dog.
“The first thing I did was ask if I could pet the dog, because I wanted to get the badge so I could confirm that the name matched the name of the missing dog,” Mazza told the outlet.
According to the video of the interaction, which Mazza uploaded to Twitter, the reporter confirmed that it was Titus and then started questioning the man walking him. After a rather confusing conversation the man said he heard Titus barking in the car so he thought he was going to take him for a walk.
“Didn’t you remember to call the number on the label?” Mazza asked the suspect during the video.
“I did, but then I tried to use the phone and the phone was broken,” he replied.
Mazza called 911 as the suspect stood nearby.
“He said he was supposed to walk a dog and he kind of caught the wrong dog,” Mazza told Inside Edition. “24 hours had passed and he had never once attempted to call the police or call the owner of the dog, whose number is on the back of the nameplate.
Within minutes, cops arrived and arrested the suspect, Kyle Gariepy, 29, and charged him with theft and breaking and entering a motor vehicle.
Titus owner Greg Siesczkiewiz was beyond appreciating the journalist’s quick thinking.
“I am delighted that Titus is coming back. I think he’s happy to see me again, ”Siesczkiewicz told Inside Edition.
“Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would be the one to find the dog,” Mazza added.
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