Woman Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Service Dog

Photo: Courtesy of Somersworth Police

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Police in Somersworth, New Hampshire arrested a woman Friday who allegedly stole another woman's service dog from a Walmart Wednesday.

Christine Olivia Powers, 56, is facing charges of misdemeanor theft, according to a statement from Somersworth Police. She allegedly stole a nine-year-old mini-pinscher service dog named Emy Lou while the 69-year-old victim was checking out at Walmart.

The victim had her service dog attached to her cart while she was waiting in line to pay when she decided to step away from her cart to get a drink. When she came back to her cart, her service dog was gone.

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Video surveillance showed a woman leaving the Walmart with Emmy Lou. The police later identified this woman as Powers and asked the public for help in locating her.

On Friday, police received a call claiming to have seen Powers. Somersworth and Dover Police responded to the call and found Powers with the service dog, according to a statement. The dog was in good health at the time and returned to the owner.

Powers also has an active warrant out for her arrest in Pennsylvania for a probation violation involving a prior theft conviction. Police said the state plans to extradite Powers and charge her with being a fugitive of justice.

She is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 25.

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