Police in Detroit were left surprised after finding a five-week-old puppy in the jacket pocket of a suspected thief.
The blue pit bull was discovered after Roseville Police arrested a 24-year-old man accused of stealing around $5,200 (approx £4,000) from a bank customer.
The tiny dog – which fit into the palm of a hand – was nicknamed Bandit by staff at an animal shelter before being returned to her owner once he was released from prison.
It was later discovered that the puppy’s real name is Frappy, Jeff Randazzo, Macomb County’s chief animal control officer, said.
Mr Randazzo said he offered to help the owner to pay for vaccines and microchipping the dog as a way of taking “a bad situation and [making] it better”, he told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday.
Frappy’s owner was arrested hours after the suspected theft. He is charged with larceny from a person.
His lawyer, Robbie Lang, doesn’t believe the dog was in his pocket at the time of the alleged theft.
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