JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FLA. – The Jacksonville Beach Police Department said Sunday a man was arrested after he caught a puppy while distributing food to a house in Jacksonville Beach on Saturday.
Police said that 22-year-old Arlinson Chilito was accused of grand theft, and the dog’s owner, Rick Block, said 10-month-old teacup poodle named Lexi had returned home.
“It was terrible. I mean, it was terrible,” Block told News4Jax on the phone Sunday.
According to Block and the police, Block’s wife ordered pizza from the Gusto restaurant through Grubhub on Saturday night. Police said the poodle had left the residence when Chilito arrived with food at the family’s home inside an apartment building on First Street South. According to police, Chilito later caught the poodle and hid it in the delivery bag.
Block said the food delivery driver was caught in a surveillance video as he entered an elevator with the dog before leaving a blue Ford Focus. Police said Chilito was able to leave the building, bypassing the night guards in the on-duty lobby.
On Sunday morning, Block reported on Facebook that Lexi returned home.
“Jax Beach PD rocks !!! They were great. Really, ”he wrote.
Minutes later, the Police Department announced that Chilito had been arrested and said she was found with her puppy at her home in Jacksonville hours after the theft.
“There were hundreds of people calling,” said Block. “A friend sent her 76-year-old grandmother out to look for Lexi, at midnight last night. How do you say thank you? “
Records show that Chilito was held in Duval County prison around 2:30 pm on Sunday.
Police say the family had ordered food from the restaurant through Grubhub, while a Grubhub spokesman told News4Jax that the arrested person was not a Grubhub driver and had never been contracted with the company. “Grubhub is using another contracted driver account without your permission or knowledge,” the spokesperson said.
Below is the full statement the spokesperson sent to News4Jax on Sunday afternoon:
“This behavior shocks and terrifies us, and it’s absolutely not tolerated at Grubhub. We have confirmed that the person accused of this crime is not a Grubhub driver and has never signed a contract with us. It was using another contracted driver account without Grubhub’s permission or knowledge, which is a fraudulent misuse of our platform. We have permanently banned the driver from our platform and supported efforts to try both people to the fullest extent of the law. We conduct rigorous background and motor vehicle checks before contracting any driver, and we are committed to continually reviewing and improving our practices to prevent fraud and ensure safety for the Grubhub community. “
Block said Gusto cooperated in the investigation.
He told News4Jax that he hoped other people would learn from his family’s experiences.
This is not about us. It’s not even about Lexi, God bless her. Again, it’s about people’s safety, their property, and the people we trust right now every day. “We were getting five meals a week from Grubhub because we’re sitting down,” said Block.
When the dog disappeared, Blocks offered a $ 5,000 reward. The blocks said they would donate this money to the Jacksonville Beach police box as a way to thank you for bringing Lexi home.
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