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Stolen Elmwood Park pet shop puppy found, arrests made

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Blackie, the puppy stolen from an Elmwood Park pet shop, was recovered this morning in Warren County by police who arrested the man shown in the store’s surveillance video and a woman who was with him.

Thomas Meshach, 24, was charged with theft and 21-year-old Carmen Fucci with conspiracy after Elmwood Park police tipped off their counterparts in Phillipsburg, where the couple lives.

Only 6½ pounds to begin with, the malnourished Blackie had lost a pound and a half in less than four days, pet shop owner Joseph Aversa said

  • ANOTHER CVP SCOOP: Thomas Meshach already was facing theft charges from a year ago when he walked into The Aquarium at Route 4 — and onto Facebook pages around the country. Now he’s in custody again, charged with pup-napping. READ MORE….

Mesach and Fucci both were graduated from Phillipsburg High School — he in 2007 and she two years later, records show.

Both were taken into custody just before 8:30 this morning in Phillipsburg, The Express Times reported on Lehigh Valley Live .

Elmwood Park police went to Phillipsburg this morning and reunited Blackie with Aversa, the owner of The Aquarium at Route 4, sometime this afternoon.


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