A Florida pizzaman allegedly swiped a puppy while dropping off a Grubhub order at a customer’s home, authorities said.
Arlinson Chilito, 22, was busted on suspicion of grand theft for allegedly taking a 10-month-old teacup poodle named Lexi from a Jacksonville Beach home Saturday, news station WJAX reported.
“It was terrible. I mean, it was just terrible,” Lexi’s owner, Rick Block, told the outlet.
Block said his wife had ordered a pizza through the delivery app Grubhub from the restaurant Gusto on Saturday night.
When the delivery driver dropped off the food, the poodle somehow got out of their condo, police said.
Chilito allegedly grabbed the pooch and placed her in his delivery bag, authorities said. He was then seen on surveillance footage in the condo’s elevator with the pet.
Police said they tracked down Chilito with the poodle at a Jacksonville Beach home, just hours after the arrest.
He was booked around 2:30 a.m. Sunday into the Duval County jail, WJAX reported.
The pooch has since been reunited with her owners.
“She’s happy to be home,” Block told the news station.
Grubhub said in a statement that Chilito was not a driver for the company and had been using “using another contracted driver’s account.”
“We are shocked and appalled by this behavior, and there is absolutely no tolerance for it on Grubhub,” the company said in a statement obtained by WJAX.
“We confirmed the individual charged with this crime was not a Grubhub driver and has never been contracted with us. He was using another contracted driver’s account without Grubhub’s permission or knowledge, which is a fraudulent misuse of our platform. We banned the driver permanently from our platform and support efforts to prosecute both individuals to the full extent of the law,” it added.