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Three-hour stakeout leads to return of stolen Kelowna pup

Czupa, happy to be home.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Tanjica Krcmar
September 23, 2020 - 12:39 PM

A Kelowna woman has managed to get her puppy back days after it was stolen from her backyard.

Tanjica Krcmar‎ had her 11-week-old boxer/mastiff cross stolen Sept. 18, after she returned home in the early afternoon to find the pup missing from the yard of her Burtch Road home. She then reported the theft to the RCMP and gained media attention.

"We got a tip from someone of Facebook and he gave us a location to check out," Krcmar‎ said.

Krcmar spent three hours in a stakeout before following someone in her vehicle who then took off and she lost. Luckily about 30 minutes later she got a call.

"We got a call from the RCMP that someone had just dropped off the puppy," she said. "I was like what? Then I said 'oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, I love you, I love you, I love you.'"

Shortly afterwards an RCMP officer delivered Czupa back to Krcmar.

"He was fed, he's a little bit taller, a little bit fatter, and he's healthy, they did take care of him," she said.

Krcmar is unsure about who dropped her puppy off at the RCMP detachment but is ecstatic her dog is back. Czupa seems pretty pleased, too.

"He's happy to be home," Krcmar said.

Kelowna RCMP Corp. Jocelyn Noseworthy said in a media release that the RCMP had followed up on numerous leads from the community.

"Just after midnight on Sept. 23, the puppy was dropped off by an anonymous man at the Kelowna RCMP Detachment. We were then able to reunite the overjoyed owner and puppy," Noseworthy said in the release.

Kelowna RCMP is still investigating the theft of the dog and anyone with any information should contact them at 250-762-3300 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at

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