Albuquerque police arrest alleged dog napper

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man who police say stole two expensive show dogs has been arrested.

The Albuquerque Police Department says 51-year-old Lawrence Chavez was captured on surveillance video at a motel on Central and Tramway over the summer, stealing the prized Boston Terriers from an SUV.

The dog’s owner was in town for a dog show and had just loaded them up for the trip home when the dogs, Sara and Mona, were taken.

“Mona” was returned after a family came forward saying they bought the dog from Chavez. “Sara” was also eventually recovered.

Chavez is now facing charges including larceny and auto burglary.

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