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Woman charged with stealing therapy dog from car

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Luigi, a 7-month-old Pomeranian stolen April 1 from a parked car in Nile, has been reunited with his owners. Luigi, a 7-month-old Pomeranian stolen April 1 from a parked car in Nile, has been reunited with his owners.
NILES, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A puppy stolen from a north suburban parking lot Monday has been reunited with its family while a woman faces charges in the dog's theft, Pioneer Press is reporting.

Adina Tiran, 33, of the 4000 block of Mulford Ave. in Skokie was charged with one count of felony burglary to a vehicle in the theft of a 7-month-old Pomeranian named Luigi.

Niles police said surveillance images from the parking lot where the theft occurred led investigators to link two vehicles used in the crime to an address in Skokie.

Tiran, who reportedly renamed the dog Foxy, was taken into custody after she was seen by police leaving her residence at 1:15 a.m. Thursday holding the puppy in her arms, a release from Niles police said.

Luigi was stolen from its owner's car while it was parked in the parking lot of Fresh Farms Market at 5740 W. Touhy Ave. in Niles about 2 p.m. Monday.

Niles Police Sgt. Robert Tornabene said investigators believe the theft was a "crime of opportunity" and that Tiran simply saw the dog and decided to take it. Tornabene would not say if Tiran made any statements about what prompted the alleged theft.

Luigi's owner told police that she had locked her vehicle while the dog was inside and it was unattended, but police found no signs of forced entry, Tornabene said.

If found guilty, Tiran could face between three and seven years in prison and a fine up to $25,000, police said.

Luigi belongs to a Chicago family and is described as a therapy dog.

"The dog is important to the family, particularly because it is a therapy dog for their children," Tornabene said. "It's been reunited with them, so it's a good, positive story."

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