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.