Just before Boston 7NEWS reporter Juilanna Mazza was about to go on air, her investigative instincts were on high alert. She had a hunch that a man she saw walking a dog nearby was the dognapper behind the recent dognapping she was just about to provide a news report on.
Mazza noticed that the dog that the man was walking perfectly fit the description for Titus, the German shorthaired pointer who was stolen from a parked car in Cambridge the week before.
The reporter thought quickly, and while live on-camera, she approached the man and the dog. Appearing as if she just wanted to pet the dog, she then had the opportunity to confront the perpetrator with a series of pointed questions, such as why the dog’s name collar didn’t match the name the dog walker was referring to him by.
The accused fumbled over the reporter’s questions and kept changing his story and made pitiful excuses. Mazza and her crew were successfully able to corner the perp and quickly made a call to the police.
Surveillance photos later identified the same man breaking into the car and stealing the dog. The man is now facing charges of larceny of over $1,200, as well as being charged for breaking and entering a vehicle with the intent to commit a felony.
Titus’ owner was elated to have their dog returned to them and said, “I’m just glad that the person came back and I’m just glad that you guys were there. If anyone ever sees this who questions the value of media, social media, broadcast media, this proves it.”
Twitter users praised the reporter and the crew for their heroic efforts.
This is exactly why you should support your local media!