MILTON, GA -- A man connected to the theft of a service dog from Canine Assistants is in custody.
According to the Milton Police Department, 34-year-old John Henry Sears was arrested and charged with two felonies, False Writing and Making False Statements, following a two-week investigation.
Sears was also being charged with felony Theft by Receiving in Suwanee.
Dorie, a 3-month-old Golden Retriever, was taken from the Canine Assistants Farm in Milton back on September 2. After a reward was offered for her safe return, the dog was left with strangers outside of a Publix accompanied with a note. She was later returned to Canine Assistants.
"He's associated with the organization, and that's all we know that this point," said Grace Murphy with Canine Assistants.
Police said Sears did not confess to the crime, but he told officers several different stories in connection with the crime.
"Completely shocked," Murphy said when asked about her reaction to the arrest. "Everyone is shocked and we'll just continue letting police do what they do best. We're just hoping they continue their investigation."
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