JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A man was arrested after snapping a puppy while delivering food to a Jacksonville Beach home on Saturday, the Jacksonville Beach Police Department said Sunday.
Police said Arlinson Chilito, 22, was charged with theft and Rick Block, the dog’s owner, said his 10-month-old teacup poodle named Lexi was back home.
“It was horrible. I mean, it was just horrible,” Block said by phone to News4Jax on Sunday. “She’s happy to be home.”
According to Block and the police, Block’s wife ordered a pizza from the Gusto restaurant via Grubhub on Saturday evening. Police said when Chilito arrived at the family home at an apartment building on First Street South with dinner, the poodle left the residence. Chilito then grabbed the poodle and hid it in the delivery bag, according to police.
Block said the grocery delivery driver was caught on surveillance video walking the dog into an elevator before pulling away in a blue Ford Focus. Police said Chilito could leave the building by bypassing the lobby night staff on duty.
Jacksonville Beach police say the dog’s theft was caught on surveillance tape. (Rick block)
On Sunday morning, Block posted on Facebook that Lexi was back home.
“Jax Beach PD rocks !!! You were amazing. Really, ”he wrote.
Minutes later, police announced Chilito’s arrest and said he had been at his Jacksonville home with the puppy hours after the theft.
“There were hundreds and hundreds of people on the move,” said Block. “A friend drove his 76-year-old grandmother out at midnight last night and looked for Lexi. How do you say thank you? “
Records show Chilito was posted to Duval County Jail at around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Arlinson Chilito (Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)
While police said the family ordered food from the restaurant through Grubhub, a Grubhub spokesman told News4Jax that the man who was arrested was not a Grubhub driver and never signed a contract with the company. The spokesman said he was “using a different tied driver account without Grubhub’s permission or knowledge.”
Below is the full statement the spokesperson sent to News4Jax on Sunday afternoon:
“We are shocked and appalled by this behavior and there is absolutely no tolerance for it at Grubhub. We have confirmed that the person charged with this crime is not a Grubhub driver and has never contracted us. He was using another tied driver account without Grubhub’s permission or knowledge, which is a fraudulent abuse of our platform. We have permanently banned the driver from our platform and support efforts to prosecute both individuals to the fullest extent of the law. We conduct rigorous background and vehicle checks before entering into a contract with a driver, and are committed to continually reviewing and developing our practices to prevent fraud and keep the Grubhub community safe. “
Block said Gusto is cooperating with the investigation.
He told News4Jax that he hoped other people could learn from his family’s experiences.
“This is not about us. It’s not even about Lexi, God bless her. Again, it’s about the safety of people and their property and … about people we rely on every day. We used to get five meals a week from Grubhub because we huddled together, ”said Block.
When the puppy went missing, the blocks offered a $ 5,000 reward. The blocks said they will donate this money to the Jacksonville Beach Police Lodge to thank you for bringing Lexi home.
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