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Missing puppy reunited with owners

A five-month-old black Labrador was recovered Sunday after being stolen from Longmont on Thursday

A five-month-old black Labrador was recovered Sunday after being stolen from Longmont on Thursday

DENVER — Cheyenne, the missing puppy stolen from a Longmont family on Thursday, has been found.

It appeared that someone left the dog at a Westminster gas station. Police took possession of the animal and it was subsequently identified using its embedded microchip. The owners reclaimed Cheyenne around 5:30 p.m. in front of a crowd of reporters.

A suspect was arrested Saturday under suspicion of stealing a truck and the black Labrador puppy.

Mark Cittadino, 41, was arrested in Fort Collins while driving the stolen vehicle. Police believe Cittadino stole the blue 1997 Chevrolet K1500 pickup truck Thursday while it was parked in front of a Longmont maintenance shop. The five-month-old dog was inside the truck at the time of the theft.

The suspect may have dropped the dog off with a friend in Denver or someplace further north, the Longmont Police Department said. Cittadino is known to have been in Johnstown on Friday, so the dog may have been left somewhere in the area, such as Johnstown, Mead, Loveland or Fort Collins.

Cittadino was being held in Larimer County Jail for aggravated motor vehicle theft, theft and criminal mischief. He was also wanted on a no-bond warrant out of Larimer County and a theft warrant out of Fort Collins, police said.