Police arrest man in theft of Yorkshire Terrier
A 26-year-old Durham man has been arrested in the theft of Sophie, a Forest Hills family’s beloved Yorkshire Terrier.
Police arrested Troy Arrington of Rochelle Street on Nebo Street on Sunday night, Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.
He is accused of stealing the 9-year-old dog from the home of Elizabeth Newman and her family Aug. 27.
Sophie was reunited with the family two days later after a sixth-grader from Shepard Middle School led Newman to a house on Roxboro Street, where another family had bought the dog without knowing it was stolen. They turned the dog over to Newman.
Newman said the family’s 6-year-old daughter was heartbroken to give up Sophie, but the family knew it was the right thing to do.
“When we walked up to the house, Sophie was in their arms, and I took her in my arms,” Newman said through tears. “It’s just been a miracle.”
The boy’s effort won him a $500 reward from the Newmans.
In an interview Monday, Newman said it took Sophie several days to fully recover from the ordeal. But she said the dog is doing well.
Arrington is also accused of stealing numerous pieces of jewelry from the home. He is charged with burglary, felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, felony conspiracy, larceny of a dog, obtaining property by false pretense, misdemeanor probation violation, assault on a female, resisting a public officer and possession of stolen goods.
He was in the Durham County Jail Monday under a $32,000 bond.