BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WOLF) — A now-former Amazon delivery driver is facing a theft charge after Hemlock Township Police in Columbia County claim he intentionally took someone’s dog– and admitted to having it. 21-year-old Alexander Sanchez now awaits a preliminary hearing.
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Dale the dog went off running after multiple deer, and his owner lost sight of him. In a turn of events, the owner tried to track the dog down with his tracking device, but didn’t realize he was looking for an Amazon driver.
“Officer Johnson then reached out to the police in Shenandoah who went to the man’s house, and positively identified the dog, and told him to take the dog immediately to the Hemlock police station,”
Kenneth Druckenmiller, Dale’s owner recalls frantic moments he went searching for his dog Dale.
“Not knowing what happened to him, the weather was getting really cold and it rained, he’s a small dog with no body fat, I couldn’t sleep,” said Kenneth Druckenmiller, Dale’s owner.
“When I got all the way up to the top of the hill where I was actually getting close, suddenly his ping moved two miles away,” he said.
That’s when Druckenmiller hopped in his car to follow the tracking device on the collar of his dog.
Druckenmiller realized the dog couldn’t possibly run 10 miles away from his house under the two hours he was gone, according to the tracking device.
“When I got 2 miles behind from his last location, it stopped and it wasn’t moving,” said Kenneth Druckenmiller.
“I found his tracker about 20 feet into a cornfield,” he said.
“I got a phone call from a woman who said her neighbor got a delivery and I saw him this morning, and he said something about a dog,” he said.
“He called me back and said yes it was your dog, and he was sick and throwing up in the van, which makes perfect sense because this dog gets very carsick,” he added.
Druckenmiller says he began to collect tracking numbers to give police to find the driver, and get in touch with Amazon, who told them the driver was terminated.
“I got the call, I waited about a half hour, I went to the police station, and finally he came to the door. I was kept in a separate room, so there would be no contact, and they brought him into me,” he said.
Kenneth thanks the tracking device on Dale’s collar, he says without that he would have had a much more devastating story.
The sight director at the SPCA of Danville shares microchipping and having a tracking device on your dog’s collar is beneficial.
“there’s always the issue if that collar gets lost that tag will also get lost GPS trackers are nice because they’ll tell you exactly where the animal is a microchip does not do that it just has the owners information on it so we can reunite so there’s pros and cons to both,” said Kristen Szwast, SPCA of Danville Center Site Director.
Sanchez has a preliminary hearing on January 23rd for the theft and receiving stolen property charges.