A little girl is all smiles now that her puppy, Sasha, has been returned after being stolen during a burglary of her home in Melbourne, Australia.
According to The Telegraph, several other items were also taken during the break-in, including a laptop, an iPad, and jewelry. However, 4-year-old Maia Sardi was particularly heartbroken about the loss of her 8-week-old Labrador puppy.
The story began attracting national media attention, which, presumably, prompted the thief to return Sasha.
“We didn't want to get our hopes up. And then this morning, my wife got up to make herself a coffee, walked past the sliding door, and noticed that there was a figure moving by the kennel,” one of the dog’s owners, Ryan Hood, reportedly said.
Hood said he doesn’t know why exactly Sasha was returned, but the family has some speculations.
“We think that whoever took her either has a conscience or got scared and just dropped her over the fence ... we don't care to be honest, we're just glad to have her back,” he said.
Although the family is thrilled about having Sasha back, Victoria police maintain that the investigation into the burglary is ongoing and are still asking anyone with information to come forward.
“It's a bit of a strange one. It's difficult to understand what they were thinking,” Senior Constable Adam Leggo reportedly said. “I guess it's probably … an isolated incident, where they've just committed a burglary and they've seen the dog and they've taken the dog.”
Hood’s theory that fear was at play is likely closest to the truth. Upon seeing the dog in the news, the burglar must have realized having the puppy in their possession could blow their cover if they were seen with it out in public, thus making them more susceptible to getting caught.
Whatever the reason, it must have been truly eating at the culprit's conscience as they opted to return to the scene of their crime just to bring Sasha back.
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