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Missouri woman placed puppy in purse, fled Bolingbrook Petland, police say

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 4:39 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:31 a.m. CST
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Shelly R. Hess, 50, of Chesterfield, Mo., was charged with felony retail theft for allegedly nabbing this pure white male Maltese valued at $1,899, on Nov. 8 at the Petland, 744 E. Boughton Road, police said.

BOLINGBROOK – A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Missouri woman accused of stealing a puppy from the Bolingbrook Petland in November.

Shelly R. Hess, 50, of Chesterfield, Mo., is facing a charge of felony retail theft for allegedly nabbing the puppy, a pure white male Maltese valued at $1,899, on Nov. 8 at the Petland, 744 E. Boughton Road, police said.

Hess allegedly entered the store that day, approached an employee to inquire about a rabbit cage, then requested to see the Maltese puppy, according to police. Eventually, she exited the store, returned with a purse and then placed the puppy in the purse before leaving without paying, police said.

Bolingbrook Lt. Mike Rompa said Hess has not yet been taken into custody.

The charge carries a bond of $50,000 with 10 percent to apply.

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