2 Arrested For Alleged Puppy Theft, With Toddler In Car

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — It’s a family heist, and there’s video to prove it. Two adults steal a puppy from a St. Paul pet store and take their 3-year old along for the ride.

Twenty-two-year-old Rochelle Cooke and 23-year-old Matthew Dennis Smith were booked into the Ramsey County Jail Tuesday on suspicion of gross misdemeanor theft. The crime happened at the Petland, near Interstate 94 and Ruth Street in St. Paul.

The victim is a 10-week-old Boxer, who Petland employees say was returned to the store Tuesday. St. Paul Police report they found the pup at Smith’s Oakdale residence. Employees at Petland say the Boxer was returned unscathed.

Petland store manager Fred Riehle said initially, it seemed like any other day.

“We talked for probably about 20-25 minutes about them taking home the puppy,” Riehle said.

In a split-second, things turned.

“I went to the back to the kennels to look at something, and they just ran out the door,” Riehle said.

It was another customer who alerted Riehle to the theft. The culprits’ quick attempt to flee was captured by the store’s surveillance camera.

Riehle said the two were so focused on getting the puppy outside of the store, they didn’t even realize they left their car keys behind on the bench.

“So we had their car, we had their car keys. They couldn’t have made it easier for us to catch ’em really,” Riehle said.

While employees are glad to have the pup back safe, they say it’s still troubling to think a 3-year-old was involved.

“I think it’s a little ridiculous. I mean, what else can you say to something like that? What are you teaching your child?,” Riehle said.

This isn’t the store’s first tab for stolen inventory. Riehle said a couple months ago, they had a lizard stolen. Unfortunately, they still haven’t tracked down the lizard and they don’t know who’s responsible.

The employees at Petland say Boxers are among the most popular dogs at the store. They say that 10-week-old in particular sells for right around $900. The employees also say the 10-week-old Boxer that was stolen still needs a good home.

Comments

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  1. The Guy says:

    “The culprits’ quick attempt to FLEA”…LOL, pun intended or no?

  2. we says:

    Nice parents stealing a puppy for their three year old!

  3. BigBone says:

    I thin; she should be released to me for her punishment

  4. wondering - not really says:

    If they left their keys in the store, how did the puppy get to the house? Must have had an extra set? And, if that’s the case, how did the left behind keys help identify them?

    So much missing from this story.

  5. I can't believe it says:

    Lock them in the kennel, give them fresh water and food even though that’s more than they deserve. But of course put the child in foster care and give him/her a chance at a normal life.

  6. TL the alligator says:

    …..moral degenerates who have no business being parents.

    1. keep 'em closed says:

      nor spreading their legs if ya know what I mean 😉

  7. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    They must have went to Public Schools

    1. JustSayin says:

      Too bad you didn’t go to ANY schools…

      1. st paul says:

        Dude, that was weak… I mean really?

        You call that a comeback?

        @Mark: Winner.

        1. JustSayin says:

          It’s ok Mark. It’s never to late for an edumacation.

          1. Oh Markie Pooh, lookie, lookie says:

            You used the wrong tense for your verb. The correct pluperfect subjunctive is “have wented.”

            Read and learnnnn.

  8. JamieinMN says:

    Pffft losers. What IDDDDDDDIOTS!

  9. fred says:

    the 3 year old child is off to a ruff start in life with such a worthless P.O.S. for a mother

  10. D says:

    Probably on the stamps. White trash is everywhere.

  11. Horney Bill says:

    I want the reporter of this story, man she is so hot.

  12. Gidget says:

    Stores shouldn’t be selling puppies in the first place. Can you say “Puppy Mills”?

    1. Ted says:

      I bought some great pets from this Petland. And will again. I am not aware that they are participating in a Puppy Mill.

  13. Jane says:

    This girl has been in a lot of trouble and had her kid taken away before, not the brightest bulb on the tree.

  14. JustSayin says:

    This chick is really a waste of space:
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    Cooke, Rochelle Ann
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    – Washington-Stillwater

    Crim/Traf Non-Mand
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    Parking Ordinance – parked over 24 hours
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  15. Watch yer goldies says:

    So you’re sayin’ she likes ta fish, eh?

  16. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

    Well it looks as if she has a fairly lengthy history of run-ins with law enforcement which is not a good role model for her child.

    If she came to rural MN she could have gotten a dog for free.

  17. tolly says:

    I am happy to say Steeler went to went to a good home ours. Rochelle and Matt are a couple losers and i hope they lost custody of that poor little girl

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