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A Puggle Smuggle Will Cost You $20K

By Michele Lenni in News on Feb 22, 2012 9:20PM

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A master dog thief who looks to be former calendar girl for the Faces of Meth site is being held on a $20,000 bond for her failed attempt at dog-napping from a west suburban store.

According to Fox Chicago it was DuPage County Judge Elizabeth Sexton who set the hefty bond at $20,000 on Tuesday for Sullivan, who tried to steal a nine-week-old puggle from a Naperville pet store. She is charged with one count of retail theft in excess of $300, a Class 4 felony. Sullivan will be held in the DuPage County Jail unless she posts 10 percent of the bond, or $2,000. Her next court appearance will be March 5 before Judge Kleeman.

The crime took place on Monday, February 20 a little before 6 p.m. at the Happiness is Pets shop at 1592 E. Ogden Ave. Sullivan executed her well thought out master plan in the manner of most expert thieves: by running in the store, putting the pug/beagle mix under her coat and then attempting to walk unsuspectingly out the front door. All of Sullivan's expert dog-burgling plans were laid to waste when an employee caught her with the well-hidden pup under her arm.

Now we did a little research on a few pet sites and found that if you purchase a puggle from a breeder, it can range anywhere from $200 to $700. Although that price tag is nothing to sneeze at for a breed of dog that most would qualify as a mutt, it is damn cheap compared to the $20,000 plus legal costs sultry Sullivan could end up paying for man's best friend.

All and all we'd throw this under the "dumb asses who have dumb ideas" category. Running into a store and trying to hide a live animal under your arm is probably the stupidest things we've heard of in recent memory. Next time Sullivan go to a local shelter and adopt a pup for much less.