Hyderabad: A Beagle, which went missing on August 24 from the house of an Indian Revenue Services officer in Rock Town near LB Nagar here, has finally been traced and returned to the owner. Three youngsters, who stole the one-year-old dog, were arrested on Thursday in connection with the incident.
According to the LB Nagar police, P Marri Phalguna (26), an MBA student and a resident of Alkapuri Colony, P Uday Kiran, an MCom student from Saroornagar and G Manoj, a tele-caller hailing from Mansoorabad, had seen the Beagle chained to the wall outside the house of Naveen Kumar, an IRS officer, while they were passing by and decided to keep the dog for themselves.
Police said Phalguna and his two friends were driving past the area in Phalguna’s car and without thinking twice, stole the dog and took it to Phalguna’s house.
LB Nagar Inspector P Kasi Reddy said it was not a pre-planned act. “They just took the dog and were keeping it at Phalguna’s house,” he said.
Based on a complaint from the IRS officer, police had registered a pet theft case and identified the trio based on CCTV footage from the area.
“We got the vehicle’s registration number from CCTV footage, using which we traced them. Interestingly, when the suspect’s parents were asked, they had no idea that the dog was a stolen one,” the Inspector said.
Police said the dog had not raised any objection and had obediently gone with the trio, apart from slowly easing itself into the new surroundings. The CCTV footage shows the dog in fact playing with one of them after he unleashes it and takes it to the waiting car.
The saga however came to an end late on Wednesday after police found his location, seven days after he was stolen, and reached there on Thursday to take him back to his owner.
Watch the CCTV footage here: