By Katie Hall, Austin-American Statesman

A South Austin family said police and a TV news crew helped return their Labrador puppy to them Wednesday after their dog was stolen from out of their yard Tuesday night.

“This was a community effort with the police, social media, news crews, pedestrians etc.,” Karl Kupecz wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday about the effort to get his dog, Bear, back. “I can’t begin to express how thankful our family is for everyone’s help and getting the word out.”

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Kupecz began talking about his missing dog on Facebook on Tuesday, sharing home security video and photos of a woman who appears to take the dog from his yard.

“I ended up chasing her with a CBS news crew all over Zilker 78704 neighborhood,” Kupecz wrote on Facebook. “I called 911 and the police showed up and we chased on foot, cars, moped, etc. She kept hopping fences, hiding, and escaping.”

Kupecz wrote that Austin police eventually apprehended the woman and tracked down the dog, which was tied up in a backyard off South Lamar.

Bear is “doing much better now,” Kupecz wrote on Facebook.

The CBS Austin news crew that helped Kupecz in the chase reported that “police caught up with the suspect and arrested her for an outstanding warrant.

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