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Deputies: Puppy stolen, owner run over at Florida Walmart

Incident happened during online transaction, officials say

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SUMMERFIELD, Fla. – Two women and a man were arrested Tuesday night in Marion County on suspicion of stealing a man's puppy during a transaction outside a Walmart and then running the man over.

Justin Karrels, 42, Jeannie Hayden, 55, and Tiffany Stegall, 18, were arrested in connection with the incident, which was reported at the Walmart at 17961 South U.S. Highway 441 in Summerfield.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the victim had advertised his German shepherd puppies for sale on social media and was contacted by the suspects.

After they agreed on the price for one of the dogs, the victim took the puppy to the Walmart so the transaction could be made in a public place, deputies said.

Officials said Karrels and Stegall took the puppy without paying and attempted to leave. The victim tried to stop them, but Karrels struck him and he fell to the ground, deputies said. Hayden then drove over the victim’s legs, deputies said.

Witnesses notified authorities, who apprehended the trio, according to deputies.

The puppy was returned to its owner, whose condition has not been released, ClickOrlando.com reported.

Karrels and Stegall were arrested on charges of robbery without a firearm or weapon. Hayden faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

All three suspects were booked into the Marion County Jail.

TRIO STEAL PUPPY FROM OWNER, ATTACK AND RUN OVER OWNER WITH THEIR CAR Justin Karrels (DOB: 01/07/1975), Jeannie Hayden...

Posted by Marion County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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