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Amazon driver arrested (Hernando County Sheriff's Office)
  • An Amazon driver was arrested for stealing a dog.
  • He was seen putting the French bulldog in his car.
  • Reinier Revilla was arrested in Florida.

An Amazon driver paid dearly for taking home a French bulldog he found while making deliveries.

The owner reported her pet missing to police and the driver was ultimately charged with grand theft.

The investigation indicates that Reinier Revilla, 34, was working as an Amazon delivery driver when he came across the small dog in Spring Hill, Florida, on December 22, 2023.

«A reasonable citizen would say, let me try to do everything I can and keep the dog for the night,» the Hernando County Detective Benjamin Witherell pointed out.

Amazon driver arrested for stealing a dog

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Detective Witherell continued: «And, you know, make some phone calls and try to, you know, find who the owner is. That’s understandable,» he said about Revilla’s questionable behavior.

The Amazon driver’s interaction with the French bulldog was all caught on security footage. He is seen interacting with the dog and when the dog began to follow his car, he picked it up and put it in the back seat.

About 24 hours later, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the residence on Copper Hill Drive to investigate the theft of a French bulldog.

The dog’s owner informed officers that Kali had escaped from their backyard at 9:15 a.m. the previous day.

Reinier Revilla simply took someone else’s pet

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A neighbor told the owner that they observed Kali walking toward a man driving an older model, white Chevrolet Cruze.

The individual was described as a Hispanic man in his 20s wearing an Amazon uniform.

The pet owner’s first step was to contact the Amazon Customer Service Center.

They recommended that she report the incident to police, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office detailed in a statement.

His crime cost him dearly

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A photograph of Kali began to circulate on the social media and she was described as a one-year-old French bulldog whose estimated value was $4,000.

The investigation bore its first fruits on January 16 when the detectives located the suspect in Tampa. After a brief interview he acknowledged that he had taken the dog and that it was still in his care.

Kali returned to her owner that day, but a few hours later, an arrest warrant was issued for Revilla and he was charged with grand theft.

«Revilla was then contacted by phone and informed about his active arrest warrant. Revilla advised he would make arrangements to turn himself in at the Hillsborough County jail,» the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

He lost his job

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Revilla surrendered to authorities on January 19 and was released after paying a $5,000 bond. The case against him remains active.

Upon learning of the arrest, Amazon issued a statement regarding the incident.

«We stayed in touch with the customer throughout this process and are thankful for the work of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and Kali’s return home.»

«The individual responsible is no longer delivering packages for Amazon.»

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