Arrest made in Crossgates dognapping

GUILDERLAND — Police on Saturday made an arrest in connection to the October dognapping at a pet store in Crossgates Mall.

Janira McCall, 17, of East Greenbush, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property following a joint search warrant by East Greenbush and Guilderland Police early Saturday.

On Oct. 25, McCall walked into the Pet Zone pet store and snatched a West Highland Terrier puppy. She then boarded a CDTA bus and returned home with the dog.

The dog was recovered and returned to the store a day later, police said.

McCall was sent to the Albany County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail. She is due back in Guilderland Town Court at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.


A previous version of this story stated that East Greenbush and Guilderland Police executed a search “weren’t.” The Upstate Courier corrected the error and regrets the mistake. 


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