Cops on Friday busted the Wag canine walker who allegedly stole a Manhattan couple’s pooch, police say — after an investigation involving Olivia Munn, the app’s movie star spokeswoman
Benny the Shih Tzu-Yorkie combine was reunited together with his devoted mother and father, Max and Sophie Troper, at an NYPD precinct Friday afternoon after cops collared Bronx man Christian Madriaga, 22, on housebreaking fees, police mentioned.
“BENNY WAS FOUND!!!!!!! We’re so so so grateful to Detective Kaufman and the opposite officers from @nypd and @oliviamunn and everybody locally for his or her assist in bringing our angel dwelling!!!!! Benny was discovered on the residence of a wag walker and was rescued by a tremendous detective from Precinct 1 NYPD,” the Tropers wrote on Benny’s Instagram web page.
Madriaga refused to remark as he was walked from the first Precinct in an orange sweatshirt, blue shorts and white sneakers.
Benny went lacking from the couple’s Battery Park constructing Thursday — and the couple rapidly suspected a walker from the “Uber for canine strolling” app was accountable, as they’re the one ones who had entry to their spare key.
Of their frantic search to search out Benny, the Tropers contacted Munn — an investor within the firm and its “inventive strategist” — by way of Instagram and say she spent all evening on the telephone with them, holding them calm and liaising with Wag brass.
The corporate arrange a hotline for Benny and employed a personal investigator to assist observe him down.
In a press release, Wag mentioned: “The complete crew at Wag! is thrilled that Benny has been discovered and is dwelling safely together with his mother and father. We thank the New York Police Division officers concerned find Benny.”
The corporate famous that it screens all candidates with a background examine. It says Madriaga has been banned from its platform.
Extra reporting by Rebecca Rosenberg