The same day the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release asking the public’s help in locating an alleged dog thief, the suspect turned herself in, deputies said.
Dana Jacobs Hartness, 36, of 253 N. N.C. 16, Apt. 11, is accused of stealing a German Shepherd named Boh from Forest Lawn Cemetery on N.C. 150 on Feb. 28, according to an agency press release.
A cemetery employee witnessed Hartness put the dog in her vehicle, the worker told detectives.
In the days that followed the alleged theft, Sheriff’s detectives followed up on numerous tips about Boh.
A woman eating dinner at Birkdale Village in Huntersville Thursday night spied the dog wandering around the area, the Sheriff’s Office said.
She and a nearby officer put the canine in her vehicle before she checked lost dog reports in the area.
It wasn’t long before the woman who found Boh discovered the two-year-old dog had been missing from Lincolnton, deputies said.
The woman contacted the owner, who retrieved Boh and took him home, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Hartness turned herself in Friday afternoon at the Lincoln County Magistrate’s Office.
Hartness told a Charlotte television news crew that she witnessed the dog nearly get run over by a car and was attempting to take him to a shelter.
She was charged with felony larceny of a dog and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods.
Hartness has since been released on a $5,000 bond. Her first appearance in the case is set for today.
The Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, headed by Lt. Tim Johnson, is conducting an ongoing investigation into the matter.