Purloined puppy story has happy ending | AspenTimes.com

Purloined puppy story has happy ending

Scott CondonThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

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BASALT – Midvalley business owner Jim Polep figures someone got a guilty conscience after swiping his “puppy” valued at more than $600.Polep, owner of Montecito Loft & Home at Willits Town Center, said somebody stole the bright orange plastic dog from in front of his store between 5 and 5:30 p.m. June 17. The piece has been his guard dog of sorts since he opened the eclectic store 3 1/2 years ago.”I’ve had it out there all this time. I’ve never had a problem,” he said.Polep didn’t worry himself sick over the missing puppy. His gut instinct told him someone swiped the piece on a whim. He figured they would return it after getting confronted by a spouse or when their conscience got the best of ’em.The puppy remained missing on Friday and Saturday but was returned anonymously on Sunday, while the store was closed. “The puppy is in good health,” he said.The decoration, actually known as “The Puppy,” was designed by Eero Aanio for Magis, an Italian company that touts its novel twist to furniture. It comes in various sizes and colors. The extra large puppy of Polep’s is 32 inches high, 24 inches wide and 40 inches long – full grown, in other words. It’s designed as a whimsical design piece and even a chair.”Believe it or not, they do sell,” Polep said. “We do turn them over.”He reported the puppy missing to the Basalt Police Department June 18, and he intended to run a “lost-and-found” item in the newspaper before it mysteriously reappeared.Polep is thankful that someone decided to do the right thing, so he shared his puppy’s story. A lot of crimes committed in the Roaring Fork Valley during the recession haven’t had a happy ending.”I thought this would be refreshing,” Polep said.scondon@aspentimes.com