7News’s Juliana Mazza was reporting on a stolen dog in Cambridge. Then she and her photographer saw the suspect with the pup.

“All of a sudden we realized — that’s the dog that was taken.”

7News reporter Juliana Mazza was covering the story of a stolen dog in Cambridge on Saturday when she and her photographer spotted something — a man walking nearby with the missing pup.

Cambridge police said a man broke into a car parked near 620 Memorial Drive just after 12:30 p.m. on Friday, stealing a 13-month-old white German Shorthaired Pointer from the vehicle. Surveillance cameras then captured the suspect walking the dog, named Titus, over the Boston University Bridge into Boston.

Mazza and her photographer were at the scene of the theft on Saturday reporting on the story when they noticed a man walking with a dog in their direction.

“We stopped him to ask a few questions, and all of a sudden we realized — that’s the dog that was taken,” Mazza said in her subsequent report.


They recognized the man, later identified as Kyle Gariepy, 29, of Boston, as the individual in the surveillance images released by police, 7News reports. Mazza asked the man about the dog, and he admitted while being filmed by the journalists to taking the pup from the car.

“He was just barking in the car, and I walked past the car and I thought it was supposed to be a dog I was dog walking,” Gariepy said. “It wasn’t a kidnapping, it was just a simple mistake.”

Mazza called the police, who arrived shortly thereafter on scene with the dog’s grateful and relieved owner.

Gariepy was arrested at the scene. He is facing charges of larceny of more than $1,200 and breaking and entering into a vehicle to commit a felony, 7News reports.

The dog’s owner, Greg Siesczkiewicz, spoke emotionally after being reunited with his four-legged companion.

“I’m just glad that the person came back, and I’m just glad that you guys were there,” he told 7NEWS.

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