SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — An Encinitas woman reunited with her beloved golden retriever this weekend after he was kidnapped from her home weeks ago.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Office says Denise Reppenhagen’s dog went missing for the first time from her Hollyridge Drive home after a family member accidentally left the garage door open earlier this month. this.
Reppenhagen tried to find Finn in the neighborhood, asked neighbors where he was and also checked animal shelters. She even posted flyers around the area to try and get the public to be on the lookout.
The press release says one of Reppenhagen’s neighbors showed up on Wednesday with a video from their home security system on Oct. 9, the day Finn was abducted, showing what appeared to be a woman delivering Amazon packages in the neighborhood.
The video showed the driver making a delivery to the Reppenhagen home and putting Finn in his car and driving off, the San Diego Sheriff’s Office SYS.
Reppenhagen reported the theft to MPs after seeing the video. After a 10News story about the dognapping aired earlier this week, someone who recognized the suspect contacted detectives and reported them.
Detectives served a search warrant on a San Diego home on Saturday, and the suspect, identified as Dena Vindiola, 36, admitted to robbing Finn, deputies said. However; the dog was not at her house.
“Detectives have discovered that she works for a third-party delivery service that outsources deliveries from Amazon,” the press release said.
The suspect told deputies she left Finn at an animal shelter in El Centro after a friend and his mother didn’t want the golden retriever.
When the sheriff’s office contacted the animal shelter, they learned Finn had been in foster care while waiting to be adopted.
Detectives coordinated with the foster family and Reppenhagen to meet at a Petco store on Sunday for Finn’s reunion.
“We are pleased to report that the meeting was a success,” the press release read.
Vindiola was arrested on grand larceny and other charges, deputies said.