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Tip leads to discovery of stolen DC dog, arrest of suspect

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It’s a FOX 5 follow up to a sad story that now has a happy ending. Someone stole a D.C. family's dog out of their home. It outraged many of our viewers and they fought back through social media.

That dog has been reunited with his owner and an arrest has been made in the theft.

This Cockapoo named Margo was stolen during a break-in last week at the Northeast D.C. home of Eric Peterson. There was outrage on the internet.

“This is a story that really traveled far and wide,” said Peterson.

Someone saw 19-year-old Reshawn Peay with a dog that looked like Margo.

Peterson got a call.

“He identified himself as a police officer, and he said, ‘I'm sitting here with a dog,’” Peterson recalled. “So, of course, my heart went into my throat, but I didn't want to get my hopes up.”

Peterson asked the officer what the dog looked like.

“And the cop was really funny. He said, 'You know, let's do this another way. What's your dog's name?' I said, 'Margo.’”

The officer called out “Margo” to the dog.

“Yeah, that's your dog,” the officer told Peterson.

Peay was arrested over the weekend -- charged not just in this case -- but with seven other burglaries around Northeast D.C. All of them were just blocks from where Peterson lives.

Peterson immediately took Margo for a checkup.

“The staff of the vet just about stood up and cheered,” he said. “Everybody in the office -- total strangers -- knew the story.”

Peterson is enjoying having his dog back and is thinking about something else too.

“I'm starting to kind of get inspired to do even more work politically because of this,” he said. “I think there is an income inequality issues that feed this whole narrative and it's not about good people and bad people. It’s about [having] issues in this country where if someone really feels motivated to break into homes and steal things, including somebody's dog, it's because we -- as a society -- don't have enough resources to spread it around so that people have opportunities and people have other ways of dealing with stuff.”

Peterson added, “I also know that there are probably kids who are missing in D.C. who didn't get the kind of media attention that my cute little blond dog got and that's terrible. And did I take advantage of all the Facebook attention? I did and I would do it again.”

He did it for the joy of being reunited.

You may remember there was a $10,000 reward in the case. The person who gave the tip has chosen to remain anonymous. Peterson is working with police to make sure the tipster gets the reward.

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