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Attempted theft of service dog caught on camera

Posted: Updated: July 18, 2013 06:01 PM

It's a story that may make your blood boil. A Toledo man is caught on video trying to steal a lady's service dog. It happened Monday on a Tarta bus.

Arrica Okenka, 30, says she can't live without her dog Ingrid. Ingrid isn't just any old pet. She's a service dog and helps Okenka who has cerebral palsy do everything. Monday they were on a Tarta bus headed to the mall when a man tried to steal the dog.

"I wasn't letting go I had a death grip on her. He would have had to drag me off the bus with her," said the victim Arrica Okenka.

The attempted theft was caught on the bus surveillance camera. The guy stands up and steps over the dog.

"I had my her leash wrapped around my hand and he grabbed the leash and it cut my hand," said Okenka.

When she didn't let go, the guy hopped off the bus.

"What were you going to do? Were you going to bate her to fight with another dog were you going to just see if she can do all the things she does for me for you" said the victim.

Arrica says she's had ingrid for four years. The video of the incident appears to have gone viral. She hopes you'll share the video and help police track down the man who tried to steal her bestfriend

"That stings a little bit just that thought that you were going to take something from me that I need we need each other," said Okenka

Toledo police say if you recognize the suspect call Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111.

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