CHENNAI: When Ramesh and Lakshmi* realised to their shock that their costly pet canine, a pug, was stolen, their son-in-law noticed her on a free classifieds web site.
There was not one however two adverts, each promising to promote her for lower than half the market worth.
Now, after an ordeal that lasted for 3 days, Maya, the four-month-old pet is again at dwelling.
In response to the household, residing in Ambattur, the canine often stays indoors, however was stored exterior for the previous one week because the couple’s daughter had come dwelling together with her new child little one.
On Sunday night time, the pet was stolen together with the costly provider field wherein they’d stored her.
It was their neighbour who first recommended that they verify his Closed Circuit Tv (CCTV) digital camera footage.
As suspected, the visuals revealed that it was the handiwork of two youths who scaled their compound wall and escaped with their canine that’s price a number of thousand rupees. The couple lodged a grievance with the Ambattur police.
“We by no means thought we’ll get her again once we filed the grievance,” Ramesh stated. It was then that their son-in-law checked Olx web site, the place he discovered two commercials with descriptions matching that of the lacking canine. One youth had sought `9,000 whereas the opposite quoted `500 much less. Posing as clients, the household approached the sellers and a gathering was organized at Kallikuppam close to Ambattur on Wednesday.
“When our son-in-law referred to as them up, they have been telling it’s nicely educated and vaccinated,” Lakshmi informed Categorical. The thieves — two faculty college students — didn’t even change the canine collar which helped the household in figuring out the pug.
“After we grilled them concerning the canine, they admitted to have stolen it from our home,” Lakshmi added.
The boys have been then handed over to the Ambattur police and police sources stated the duo broke down in entrance of the members of the family and the investigators.
“The household withdrew the grievance in opposition to the boys, contemplating their future,” a police officer stated including, “Even the boys’ households are usually not conscious of the incident.”
In response to the couple they have been blissful to have their pet again and didn’t need the boys to be punished.
“We solely want there’s extra police patrolling in our space as thefts appear to be on the rise. Even two weeks in the past, there was an tried chain-snatching two streets away,” Lakshmi stated.
(*Names modified on request)