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10news viewer helps burglary victim reunite with stolen puppy

Posted at 5:43 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 20:54:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - 10News was there as an emotional burglary victim was reunited with her stolen Pekachu puppy.

Ashley Morales was overcome with emotion as young Lorenz Lugg placed her 4-month-old puppy back in her arms.

"I can't believe it. I never thought I would get him back," said Morales.

On Monday, a distraught Morales sat down with 10news after a Sunday morning burglary at her Spring Valley condo on Madrid Way. As her children slept inside, a neighbor's surveillance cameras captured several suspects as they walked in and out of the condo. Missing from the home: a television, jewelry, and Snuffles the Pekachu.

"I just want my dog back," said Morales, as she pleaded for her puppy's return.

What she didn't know was that her puppy was at Payd 2 Fade barber shop in the College Area. Shop owner Roc Lugg says early Monday afternoon, a man resembling the suspect in the video came in with a story.

"He had the dog, but was homeless and living out of his vehicle. Couldn't afford to take care of the dog anymore," said Lugg.

When Lugg saw how well the dog was interacting with his own dog, he decided to purchase the puppy to give him a better home. He paid $200. Later that day, his wife got a big shock as she was watching 10news. She realized their new puppy was actually someone else's. Their young son led the charge to reunite puppy and owner.

"I was desperate to find them and give it back to them. He needed to be home," said Lorenz Lugg.

The family called 10news and we called Morales. =

"I'm glad humanity is still thriving ... I'm over the moon. I got my baby back. I can't believe it," said Morales.

Morales did give the family a reward to help cover the money they spent on the purchase. No arrests have been made in the burglary investigation.