Amazon delivery driver Mycah Keyona Wade arrested after stealing dog from Texas couples’ front yard and trying to sell it on Craigslist for $70.
An Amazon delivery driver has been taken into custody after allegedly stealing a dog from a Texas family’s front yard and then seeking to to sell the animal online for $70, authorities said.
Mycah Keyona Wade, 22, of Crowley, surrendered to deputies in Parker County on July 16 after Amanda and Anthony Phillips reported their 2-year-old dachshund stolen from their front yard in Brock over the July Fourth holiday weekend, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Wade and her boyfriend were dropping off packages on July 5 when they spotted the pup. Wade hopped out of a van and grabbed the dog, Parker County Deputy Danie Huffman told the media outlet.
A landscaper working nearby pointed to the couple’s home when Wade asked who owned the dog, but she and her boyfriend left with the family pet instead of leaving him there, Huffman said.
Wade and her boyfriend, who was not charged in the incident, allegedly were caught taking the dog on a neighbor’s doorbell security camera after the dog had earlier escaped from the couple’s home and run away.
Wade was working as a contract driver for Amazon at the time and has confessed to the theft. Both she and her boyfriend have since been fired, the Cleburne Times-Review reported.
‘This does not reflect the high standards we have for delivery service partners,’ Amazon said in a released statement. ‘We’re glad the customer has been reunited with their pet, and we have been in touch with them to make it right.’
Investigators said they found a Craigslist ad featuring the dog after the theft.
‘There was no contact information, but we’re pretty sure it was the stolen dog that was for sale on Craigslist for $100,’ Parker County sheriff’s property crimes investigator Ethan Stark told the Weatherford Democrat. ‘The ad immediately changed once I contacted the suspect.’
Stark declined to discuss the case when reached Monday, referring additional questions to Sheriff Larry Fowler, who did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Wade eventually dropped the asking price to $70 as she ‘desperately’ sought to offload the stolen dog.
‘Within a couple hours of the ad going up, the price dropped to $70,’ Phillips told via the nypost. ‘And then they took the post down.’
Phillips then got in touch with deputies who coordinated with Amazon, which helped them identify Wade and her boyfriend. The couple were re-united with their stolen dog four days later on July 9.