Baltimore County police said they have arrested and charged two men with stealing a 13-week-old pit bull puppy from a Timonium couple.
Mark Tyrone Gibson, 37, and William Terrell Hudson, 33, were arrested in the parking lot of the White Marsh Mall after arranging with the puppy’s owner to collect on the $2,000 reward offered for his safe return home.
“We definitely had doubts,” Mike Lenhart, the puppy's owner, said.
Lenhart said one of the two men called him directly asking to collect on the reward.
“The first words out of his mouth were 'I have your dog,'" Lenhart said.
Gibson and Hudson were charged with first degree burglary and theft. Both men are being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $20,000 bail, police said.
According to police, the two men were responsible for breaking into a Timonium apartment in the 2400 block of Chetwood Circle in Timonium on March 13.
Along with the puppy — named Thor — several electronic devices were stolen, including a 55-inch flat screen television, a Playstation 3 and a MacBook Pro computer. None of the tech items have so far been recovered from the burglary, police said.
Lenhart said he and his girlfriend plan to donate the money collected for Thor's reward to most likely a pit bull rescue or sanctuary.