A 7-year-old girl and her family cried tears of joy on Christmas after learning their dog stolen off the street had been found safe.
Mia Bendrat was heartbroken when her adorable pup, Marley, was stolen from outside a grocery store near 176th and Broadway when it was tied to a bike stand while her family went food shopping for Christmas Eve dinner.
Bendrat and her mother, Angie Estrada, put up posters all over the neighborhood looking for Marley. On Christmas morning, the sad little girl told her mother, "The Grinch took my dog," Estrada said.
But the pup would be returned.
A woman bought Marley from the suspect on Christmas Eve and, thinking there was something suspicious about the sale, she brought him to her vet, where the dog's microchip was scanned. The dog was reunited with its family Christmas afternoon.
"I"m so happy my daughter has her Christmas wish," a teary-eyed Estrada said.
Brandon Bacon, 29, was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. Information on an attorney wasn't immediately available.
Published at 3:54 PM EST on Dec 25, 2012 | Updated at 9:58 AM EST on Dec 26, 2012