A meals supply employee was arrested over the weekend after attempting to covertly steal a household’s pet whereas dropping off pizza.
The incident unfolded over the night on Saturday at a condominium constructing in Jacksonville Seashore, Florida.
Surveillance footage reveals the suspect, 22-year-old Arlinson Chilito, calmly coming into the elevator on the way in which again from delivering the pizza whereas obscuring Lexi, a 10-month-old teacup poodle, in his supply bag.
The footage then reveals Chilito strolling out of the elevator whereas holding the pup and ultimately stepping into his blue Ford Focus to drive off.
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A person allegedly posing as a Grubhub worker was arrested for snatching a poodle
Surveillance video confirmed Arlinson Chilito, 22, sneaking the pet right into a supply bag
Chilito then calmly exited the elevator with the canine, the place he was in a position to evade workers
‘It was horrible,’ the canine proprietor, Rick Block, advised News4Jax. ‘I imply, it was simply horrible.’
Block and his spouse ordered their pizza by means of Grubhub, an internet meals ordering platform, from native restaurant Gusto.
When Chilito arrived to drop off the pizza, Lexi walked out of Block’s residence, which is when Chilito allegedly tucked the canine into his supply bag.
There was night time workers on responsibility within the foyer when Chilito walked by them with the pet.
The surveillance footage was captured in a condominium constructing in Jacksonville Seashore
After Chilito exited the constructing, he was seen climbing into his blue Ford Focus
He then drove off with the canine, though he was captured by the police hours later
The harrowing ordeal ended shortly, with Lexi situated by the Jacksonville Seashore Police Division early on Sunday morning and returned residence shortly thereafter.
Chilito is being charged with grand theft
‘Jax Seashore PD rocks!!! They had been superb. Really,’ Block wrote in a Fb publish introduced Lexi’s return.
In the meantime, Chilito was arrested at his residence in Jacksonville and booked into county jail round 2:30am on Sunday morning.
He has been charged with grand theft and is being held on bond.
Whereas the Blocks ordered their pizza from Grubhub, the corporate is claiming Chilito is just not a contractor of the corporate.
‘We confirmed the person charged with this crime was not a Grubhub driver and has by no means been contracted with us,’ the corporate stated in a press release.
‘He was utilizing one other contracted driver’s account with out Grubhub’s permission or information, which is a fraudulent misuse of our platform.
‘We banned the driving force completely from our platform and assist efforts to prosecute each people to the total extent of the legislation.’
The pet, Lexi, is a 10-month-old teacup poodle that belongs to Rick Block and his spouse
The house owners had been keen to offer a $5,000 reward for her secure return over the weekend
Chilito was allegedly utilizing another person’s driver account on Grubhub to make this supply and every part appeared regular till he left with the canine – police say he even dropped off the meals order.
Gusto, the restaurant, is cooperating with the investigation.
The Blocks initially supplied a reward of $5,000 for the return of Lexi, which they may now be donating as an alternative to the Jacksonville Seashore police lodge.
As for Chilito, Block could also be keen to forgive the younger man for his alleged crime.
‘It was horrible,’ Block advised News4Jax of shedding the canine. ‘I imply, it was simply horrible.’
Pictured: Rick Block, proper, with President Joe Biden
‘I don’t know, he’s younger, and I actually don’t wish to destroy any individual’s life,’ Block stated to Action News Jax about Chilito’s future.
In accordance with WMFY, Chilito is on probation for a earlier incident of driving underneath the affect and can also be going through costs of marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving with a suspended license.
His subsequent court docket look on the misdemeanor costs will come on February 8, whereas his subsequent court docket look on the grand theft cost will come February 23.