Who Would Kidnap a Therapy Dog? Skokie Woman Charged

A 33-year-old Skokie woman is accused of grabbing a Pomeranian therapy pup from a car outside a Niles grocery store.

A Skokie woman has been charged with burglary in the kidnapping of a 7-month-old therapy dog, the Niles Police Department said Wednesday.

According to officials, detectives “painstakingly reviewed hours of videotape footage” obtained from surveillance cameras around the crime scene. The Pomeranian puppy named “Luigi” was stolen from an unlocked car outside Fresh Farms Market, 5740 W. Touhy Ave., police said.

Adina Tiran, 33, of the 4000 block of Mulford Street, was charged with one count of burglary to auto, a Class 2 Felony. If found guilty the penalty is three to seven years in prison and a fine up to $25,000, police said.

Luigi is a therapy dog used by the victim’s two children.

Investigators were able to identify and link two vehicles used in the crime to a Skokie residence. Niles police investigators went to the Skokie location and saw a woman holding Luigi in her arms and leaving through a rear door. The woman and dog were taken to the Niles Police Department.

A collar that held Luigi’s name and rabies tag was also recovered. Luigi was released to his grateful owner Wednesday morning.


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Mary Jones April 04, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Frank, Luigi was a male not female. I'm glad she was caught. I do not understand what is in people's heads that taking something that does not belong to you is ok. I can understand the family of this dog was heartbroken when he was stolen but a 7 month old pup should not be left alone in a vehicle. Way too many things can go wrong. Its just a puppy and like a toddler, it can get into many things in a vehicle that could end its life, especially if not in a carrier or crate of some sort. When initially reading this story, I cringed that this dog was considered a "therapy" dog. I've never heard of a puppy being certified as a therapy dog at that young age. It takes months and months of training. A 7 month old who is still intact would not qualify. I'm sure tho that he is a wonderful pet dog that gives his owner and the children unconditional love that they need and deserve. If I'm wrong and this was a pup that was certified, I apologize but I'd sure like to know the group that certified him. Again, I'm glad this person was caught and I hope she truly reforms and no longer steals again. It will take many years now to recover and be able to get a job with this on her background check. Stupid decision on her part that will cost her now for a long long time.
Blane April 04, 2013 at 05:45 PM
So glad for a happy ending. I am a dog trainer, and I shop at Fresh Farms weekly. Last November, I waited next to a German Shepherd who had been left tied up outside the same store, so that when the owner came out I could warn her about dog thefts, which are on the rise. Thankfully, the owner was receptive. Please don't take any chances by leaving your pets unattended!
George Slefo (Editor) April 04, 2013 at 05:59 PM
@Blane - I agree. My dog is seriously family to me. Some may not agree with that sort of philosophy, but that's how I feel. Kudos to Niles PD for bringing the dog home safely.
Rose Summers April 04, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Im so glad it end well.
Oliver P. McCracken April 04, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Drat! I guess I hired the wrong dullard to swipe the last pup I needed for the Pomeranian-fur trousers my tailor's a-sewing me. It's hard to find a quality dognapper these days. Alas, it's my own fault for choosing such a feeble-minded felon for the job. But even if the broad has no smarts, no dog, and now no freedom, at least she's still got her looks!
SR April 04, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Lock her up in a Kennel, jail is to good for her.
J.K. April 05, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Gee, she may get 7 years for kidnapping a dog yet the drugged out idiot that killed Carter Vo only got 5 years. This world is completely backwards sometimes.
Casey Faust April 05, 2013 at 12:34 PM
I am trying to understand how a 7 month old puppy is being considered a therapy dog??? That is not even enough time to begin the training.
Hank April 05, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Maybe when she gets out of jail she can qualify for one of those parolee dogs?
DLM April 05, 2013 at 09:22 PM
A therapy dog is different than a service dogs. Therapy dogs are pets that go to nursing homes, help with dog safety programs, do kids reading programs, go to hospitals, etc. Service dogs are "working" dogs that help people who are blind, have epilepsy, etc. Service dogs can go in to restaurants, on planes, in stores, therapy dogs cannot.


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