Three more accused puppy-nappers caught

Rebecca Lynn Howell

LEXINGTON, SC (WACH)- Three more people have been arrested after Lexington Sheriff's deputies say they took a Saint Bernard puppy from a West Columbia pet shelter.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said Joshua Dickerson, 21, of Asel St. Columbia and Rebecca Howell,19 , of Sycamore Tree Road, Lexington turned themselves into the Lexington County Sheriff's Department Sunday. Both were booked on a charge of petit larceny. The puppy returned to Pet's Inc. last week.

Arrest warrants said at about 5:44 p.m. on July 8 Howell, who was accompanied by Kandis Lynne Dease, 20, and Dickerson, took possession of the white-and-brown Saint Bernard puppy while at the Pets, Inc. animal adoption center at 300 Orchard Drive and left the animal adoption center without making arrangements to adopt the puppy and pay the adoption fee, Metts said. Statements from witnesses and surveillance camera video substantiated that Howell stole the puppy from the animal adoption center while accompanied by Dease and Dickerson.