Woman sentenced for stealing puppy

Shelly R. Hess | courtesy of Naperville Police Department
Shelly R. Hess | courtesy of Naperville Police Department

A woman from Missouri who stole three puppies from Petland stores over a two-day period last fall has been sentenced for the second of those crimes.

Shelly R. Hess pleaded guilty in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet to the Nov. 8 theft of a 14-week-old male Maltese from the Petland outlet at 744 E. Boughton Road in Bolingbrook. She has already been convicted of stealing a 2-month-old Havanese that same day from the Petland shop at 720 S. Route 59, on Naperville’s far west side.

Hess, 51, of Chesterfield, Mo., was found guilty of a felony charge of retail theft in the Bolingbrook case. Court records indicated Judge Robert P. Livas on Aug. 11 accepted Hess’ plea, sentencing her to two days in Will County Jail and placing her on two years of probation.

Records showed Hess served one day in jail, and with day for day credit for good behavior, has completed that term and been released.

DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Robert G. Kleeman on June 10 found Hess guilty of felony theft in the Naperville Petland case. Kleeman that day placed Hess on two years of probation, ordered her to undergo counseling and assessed unspecified fines and court costs.

Hess’ crime spree began on Nov. 7 with the theft of a $1,700, female Havanese puppy from the Petland location in Lake Saint Louis, Mo.

An unidentified man on Nov. 10 brought all three puppies to that Petland outlet and then fled from the area. The dogs were all found to be in good health, and were returned to their respective stores.

A Lake Saint Louis police probable cause statement declared Hess on Nov. 22 went back to the Naperville Petland “and purchased two dogs.” They included Casper, the puppy she had stolen earlier in the month, the statement indicated.

Police said Hess later “called the manager of the Naperville Petland store several times and confessed” to her original theft. She expressed her hope that, “by purchasing these two dogs, it would make it right.”

Hess was ultimately arrested on Jan. 28, according to the probable cause statement. The status of her criminal case in St. Charles, Mo. Circuit Court could not be immediately determined.

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