The Wag dogwalker who stole a Battery Park Metropolis couple’s Shih Tzu-Yorkie combine — prompting an intense social media marketing campaign and the assistance of the corporate’s superstar spokesperson Olivia Munn — needed to present the canine to another person, court docket papers present.
Christian Madriaga — who remained mum as he was walked out of the NYPD’s First Precinct on Friday night — had far more to say to cops when he was nabbed earlier within the day in Queens, in keeping with the felony criticism for his arrest.
Madriaga, 22, had initially been scheduled to stroll the pooch, named Benny, on June 13, however canceled the appointment. When the brand new canine walker confirmed up, the “Shorkie” was nowhere to be discovered.
Surveillance footage from the couple’s South Finish Avenue condo constructing confirmed a person stroll into the constructing and take the elevator — after which depart shortly thereafter carrying the small canine.
When cops contacted Madriaga the subsequent day, he admitted to them he was with Benny in Queens.
He was arrested shortly thereafter, at which level he fessed as much as police that he “entered [the] condo after the Wag appointment had been canceled” and “he had taken the canine for the aim of gifting the canine to a different particular person,” the court docket papers present.
It wasn’t instantly clear to whom he had meant on giving the canine.
Madriaga was charged with housebreaking, petit larceny and felony possession of stolen property, in keeping with the papers. He was launched on his personal recognizance following his Friday night time court docket arraignment and is due again in court docket on July 16.
When reached at his Bronx residence Saturday morning, Madriaga shouted expletives at a Publish reporter and refused to remark additional.
In the meantime, Munn publicly thanked the NYPD on Friday night time “for working so onerous and shifting so quick to carry Benny residence.”