A woman contracted by Amazon in Texas was arrested and charged with theft after stealing a couple’s dog while delivering packages, authorities say.
Mycah Keyona Wade, 22, was delivering packages with an unidentified driver when she stole a 2-year-old dachshund named RJ on July 5 in Weatherford, Texas, said Parker County Sherriff’s Office spokesperson Danie Huffman.
RJ had escaped that day when one of the owners left to go to the store and the dog darted out of the house, Huffman said.
Wade found the dog in the middle of the street and asked two landscapers where it came from. The landscapers told police that they pointed her to RJ’s home across the street, but Wade told authorities that they didn’t know.
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Authorities say Wade then took the dog, pulled out and left the scene.
It wasn't immediately clear how long after RJ ran away that Wade found the dog.
Authorities were able to identify Wade through a Ring video recorded from a neighbor’s house, where she had also delivered packages, Huffman said.
Police tracked her down and questioned her. At first, she denied stealing the dog, but later implicated herself and said she gave the dog to a person in Lake Worth, about 45 minutes away from where the dog’s owners live.
Wade met with police at a local Walmart and returned the dog July 9. She was arrested July 16 after authorities issued a warrant.
Amazon said in a statement that the company is taking steps to remedy the situation: "This does not reflect the high standards we have for delivery service partners. We’re glad the customer has been reunited with their pet, and we have been in touch with them to make it right. We take these matters seriously and these individuals are no longer delivering Amazon packages," Amazon said in the statement sent to USA TODAY Tuesday.
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Wade was released after placing bond for $2,000. A date hasn't been set for her first court appearance. A lawyer for Wade couldn't be immediately reached.
Police are also investigating a driver who accompanied Wade on her route.
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