WATCH: Police reunite family with 8-month-old black Lab puppy stolen from front yard

WATCH: Police reunite family with 8-month-old black Lab puppy stolen from front yard
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Police said they used footage from doorbell cameras to crack a dognapping case in Massachusetts and reunite the stolen puppy with her rightful owners. Ember, an 8-month-old black Lab, was reported missing from a front yard in Wellesley on July 22.The Nissenbaum family, who owns Ember, says they initially thought their puppy got loose but suspected that she was stolen after they realized her tether was intact.”They didn’t think we were crazy when we thought that the dog was stolen,” Neil Nissenbaum said of Wellesley police. “They agreed with us that it just didn’t seem right.”While the Nissenbaums started hanging missing posters around town, Wellesley Police Department officers Derek Harris and Mike Mankavech went door-to-door in the neighborhood in a search for witnesses or evidence. The officers found several homeowners who were willing to share footage from their security cameras, the department said. With that footage, police were able to identify a vehicle that had circled the neighborhood several times before Ember was taken. The license plate on that car was traced to a Framingham resident. Police found that vehicle in Framingham on July 25 and surveilled the suspects’ home.”While they were conducting surveillance, the suspects brought the dog outside,” said Wellesley Police Chief Jack Pilecki. As a result of the investigation, police arrested 40-year-old Manuel Sierra, of Framingham, and summonsed a 32-year-old woman to court. Both will face charges of receiving stolen property over $1,200 and conspiracy.”We had a slip-and-slide literally right next to where the dog was,” said Talia Nissenbaum.”They should have known that we had kids,” Neil Nissenbaum added.Ember was reunited with her family Sunday evening. The department posted a video of the happy reunion. “I was, like, really happy. We were screaming. All my friends were screaming,” said Talia Nissenbaum, Neil and Talia’s daughter.”The Wellesley Police Department would like to thank all the citizens in the Redwing Road and Cedar Street neighborhoods that we spoke to over the course of the last few days,” police said. “Without the help of the neighbors, this case would probably not have had such a great ending.”

Police said they used footage from doorbell cameras to crack a dognapping case in Massachusetts and reunite the stolen puppy with her rightful owners.

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Ember, an 8-month-old black Lab, was reported missing from a front yard in Wellesley on July 22.

The Nissenbaum family, who owns Ember, says they initially thought their puppy got loose but suspected that she was stolen after they realized her tether was intact.

“They didn’t think we were crazy when we thought that the dog was stolen,” Neil Nissenbaum said of Wellesley police. “They agreed with us that it just didn’t seem right.”

While the Nissenbaums started hanging missing posters around town, Wellesley Police Department officers Derek Harris and Mike Mankavech went door-to-door in the neighborhood in a search for witnesses or evidence.

The officers found several homeowners who were willing to share footage from their security cameras, the department said. With that footage, police were able to identify a vehicle that had circled the neighborhood several times before Ember was taken.

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Wellesley Police Department

Ember, puppy rescued by Wellesley Police

The license plate on that car was traced to a Framingham resident. Police found that vehicle in Framingham on July 25 and surveilled the suspects’ home.

“While they were conducting surveillance, the suspects brought the dog outside,” said Wellesley Police Chief Jack Pilecki.

As a result of the investigation, police arrested 40-year-old Manuel Sierra, of Framingham, and summonsed a 32-year-old woman to court. Both will face charges of receiving stolen property over $1,200 and conspiracy.

“We had a slip-and-slide literally right next to where the dog was,” said Talia Nissenbaum.

“They should have known that we had kids,” Neil Nissenbaum added.

Ember was reunited with her family Sunday evening. The department posted a video of the happy reunion.

“I was, like, really happy. We were screaming. All my friends were screaming,” said Talia Nissenbaum, Neil and Talia’s daughter.

“The Wellesley Police Department would like to thank all the citizens in the Redwing Road and Cedar Street neighborhoods that we spoke to over the course of the last few days,” police said. “Without the help of the neighbors, this case would probably not have had such a great ending.”

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