A man who stole a pensioner’s dog from outside a Tesco Store in Friern Barnet Lane, N12 has been sent to prison.
Allan Adrian Denny, 23, of Station Road, New Barnet, Hertfordshire pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Friday 1 March. He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison for the theft of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was called Ted.
In addition Denny was on licence at the time of the offence and is now subject to a recall to prison.
The theft occurred on the 8 December 2012 when Ted had been secured by his lead outside Tesco Express in Friern Barnet Lane, N12. When his elderly owner left the store she discovered that her beloved dog had been taken.
Ted was reunited with his owner after a media appeal on Twitter resulted in his picture being circulated over 52,000 times.
Officer in the case Detective Constable Kim Louey, of Barnet CID, said: “This case obviously touched many people, as it left an elderly women distressed at the loss of her dog. The circulation of Ted’s image put a huge amount of pressure on those who had Ted and resulted in his return and a happy story just before Christmas. It shows just what can be achieved when people pull together to confront crime.”