Car and dog stolen, both re­cov­ered as dog-knap­ping drama concludes


Mas­sachusetts po­lice ar­rested a man and a woman early Satur­day morn­ing af­ter they were found asleep in a stolen ve­hi­cle which was taken from West Roxbury last week with a dog in­side of it.

Ac­cord­ing to Capt. Robert Pi­s­tone, a home­less man, Matthew Bradley, 23, and Kristina Cos­grove, 19, of 221 Vin­cent Road, Ded­ham, were asleep in a 2011 Subaru Out­back on Pecker Street when of­fi­cers re­sponded to a phone call from a res­i­dent who had rec­og­nized the ve­hi­cle from news re­ports. They were ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, the ve­hi­cle was stolen on Thurs­day, along with a white dog named Pooh.

Pi­s­tone said po­lice did not find Pooh in­side of the ve­hi­cle at the time of the ar­rest. How­ever, the dog was re­united Satur­day with its owner, Iris Son­nen­schien of Brook­line, at the An­i­mal Care and Con­trol Cen­ter in Roslin­dale.

“We went in, and it was a very small shel­ter,” Son­nen­schien said Satur­day. “Some­body was hold­ing Pooh in the back, and we rec­og­nized him im­me­di­ately. It was quite an emo­tional re­u­nion.”

Son­nen­schien said she and her fam­ily were search­ing through­out Bos­ton for Pooh when they got a phone call about the re­cov­ered ve­hi­cle. They re­turned home, and re­ceived an­other call from the shel­ter at about 3:30 p.m., say­ing they had a dog which matched Pooh’s de­scrip­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Son­nen­schien, a man from Hyde Park had brought Pooh to the shel­ter.

“He’s a lit­tle tired and very hun­gry, but very happy to be home and be with us,” Son­nen­schien said. “This was the best end­ing we could have hoped for.” Pooh was in­side the Subaru, owned by its walker, when it was stolen while parked on Baker Street in West Roxbury on Thurs­day. The uniden­ti­fied walker told au­thor­i­ties she parked her car, went in­side a home on the street and when she stepped back out­side, her car was be­ing driven away with Pooh still in­side. The woman im­me­di­ately called po­lice, but of­fi­cers were not able to catch the ve­hi­cle in time.

Bradley was charged with pos­ses­sion of class B and A drugs with in­tent to dis­trib­ute and re­ceiv­ing a stolen mo­tor ve­hi­cle. Cos­grove was charged with pos­ses­sion of a class D drug with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, re­ceiv­ing a stolen mo­tor ve­hi­cle and re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty.

Both Bradley and Cos­grove were taken to the Haver­hill Po­lice Sta­tion and are be­ing held with­out bail, ac­cord­ing Pi­s­tone. They will be ar­raigned in Haver­hill Dis­trict Court on Mon­day.

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