Justin Geiger
Justin Geiger

An alleged dog-napper has been arrested for breaking into a pet store in his hometown of Middle Island and stealing a Rottweiler puppy this week, Suffolk County police said.

Justin Geiger will be arraigned Friday on a charge of burglary at First District Court in Central Islip.

An employee of Friends of Freddie Pet Rescue on Middle Country Road called 911 Wednesday to report that when she opened the store, she noticed the front door was smashed and a puppy was missing.

Sixth Squad detectives alleged the 23-year-old broke into the shop and stole the puppy Tuesday after he went to the store and asked if the puppy had a microchip in it and employees told him that it did not.

Police said they found the dog in Geiger’s home when he was taken into custody.

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Timothy Bolger is the Editor in Chief of the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.