WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Lexington County Sheriff's Department detectives have arrested a Eutawville man and charged him with the theft of a Chihuahua from a West Columbia adoption center.
Sheriff James R. Metts said 59-year-old Curtis Roosevelt Davis turned himself in Wednesday afternoon. He was wanted on a warrant of petit larceny after the department received a tip from Crimestoppers.
Davis is accused of taking a Chihuahua named Pixie Trixie from Pets, Inc. on Orchard Drive without going through the adoption process. Metts said Pixie Trixie is valued at about $250.
The dog has been returned to the adoption center. Davis is awaiting a bond hearing at the Lexington County Detention Center.
Two weeks ago detectives released two surveillance camera photographs of a girl who was accompanied by a man, who might be the her father. Investigators later determined the teen was a not involved in the dog's theft and Davis was a friend of her family.
An employee reported the theft of the dog to the sheriff's department at about 5:30 p.m. on October 9th. The employee told deputies that the girl and the man entered the animal adoption center at about 4 p.m. and looked at various dogs that are housed there.
The animal adoption center employee told deputies that the girl talked on her mobile phone the entire time that she was at the center and did not interact with employees, Metts said. The man who accompanied the girl, who was later identified as Davis, interacted with employees at the center.
Davis asked to take the dog for a short walk on a leash so that he could get to know her, Metts said.
The employee told deputies Davis walked Pixie Trixie outside the building and then drove off with the dog and the girl.