An Ohio Army veteran now has his service dog back after he claims an acquaintance broke into his Toledo-area home and stole her.
Now, An Alliance couple is charged with the crime.
Matthew Stillion told Delta Police someone broke into his home on March 18 and stole his 1-year-old pitbull named Jezebel, along with some expensive jewelry. Stillion told police he had an idea of who may have taken the dog.
— Derick Waller Ch. 5 (@derickwallerTV) March 26, 2016
An Alliance woman, 34-year-old Andrea Francis Sindledecker, was charged after Alliance Police obtained a search warrant, found the dog in her possession and used microchip technology to verify Jezebel's identity.
Andrea Sindledecker is charged with receiving stolen property, obstructing official business and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said Andrea Sindledecker was under the influence of drugs when they arrested her. Working with her husband Charles Sindledecker, police said they hid the dog at a neighbors house when officers arrived.
Charles Sindledecker was arrested twice on Saturday, first as his wife’s accomplice, then for trying to raise her bail money by pawning off Stillion’s stolen $2,100 ring.
Charles Sindledecker was charged with receiving stolen property, complicity and obstructing official business. He was released and is due in court on Monday.
Stillion drove three and a half hours to Alliance on Friday to retrieve his puppy, which helps him with anxiety and nightmares. He’s relieved this nightmare is now over.
"Now I can finally sleep at night,”Stillion told Toledo ABC affiliate WTVG, "knowing that she’s back home with me."
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