When owner Tiffany Mercado got the phone call from police Saturday morning she couldn’t contain the joy.
“Mom was crying all the way down to the station, she was so happy,” Sandusky police Detective Gary Wichman said. “It’s good to see they got him back.”
Mercado wasn’t alone in her joy.
“I have extremely happy, crying, ecstatic children right now,” Mercado said. “There was some kind of magic worked.”
The puppy was stolen — cage and all — during a March 12 Perry Street burglary along with a TV, a video game system and a cell phone.
Police found that cell phone on Semaj Smith, 19, of Sandusky, Tuesday at the scene of a Scott Street burglary.
Smith, a suspect in several Sandusky burglaries, refused to talk about Batman’s whereabouts.
He was charged with receiving stolen property for having the stolen cell phone.
On Friday Wichman told the Register that if whoever had the dog brought it back they wouldn’t be charged. But if police had to track the dog down, there’d be problems.
Wichman’s words were published in a Register story Saturday. Soon after the newspaper hit the stands, the dog was dropped off.
Police kept their word and the dog handover went off without a hitch or a charge.
“I just want to say thank you,” Mercado said. “(Batman) is happy, he’s healthy and he’s home.”
Smith was being held at the Erie County jail on $37,870 bond late Saturday.