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Uber Eats Driver Steals Woman's Dog After Delivering Her A Pizza

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Uber Eats driver stealing dog

Ever since the pandemic began, the amount of takeout and delivery that has been ordered through Uber Eats, Doordash, Grubhub, etc. has skyrocketed, placing a ton of responsibility and trust on the shoulders of those delivery drivers who provide us homebodies with sustenance.

When your Uber Eats driver comes to my house and delivers your pizza, you expect the typical transaction of grabbing all the boxes from their hands and placing them on the table before collecting the money to pay the bill or provide a tip while they wait at the door.

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What you don’t expect, is for your Uber Eats driver to do the same thing this driver in Flatbush, Brooklyn decided to do Saturday evening when he delivered pizza to someone’s apartment.

The Brooklyn Uber Eats driver stole the dog of the woman who ordered pizza for delivery.

At around 5:40 p.m., 22-year-old Melanie Polanco noticed her 6-month-old Cocker Spaniel Poodle mix had been missing from the apartment.

“I was crying. I was devastated; she’s gone. I couldn’t eat or sleep that night,” she said. “She’s probably scared, alone.”

Fortunately, she was able to figure out what happened through the building’s surveillance system, where she saw the man get into the elevator with her dog and head to his car before driving off.

“My heart dropped,” she said. “My stomach was turning.”

Polanco called 911 and filed a police report, also making sure to file a complaint with Uber and sending them the video.

Uber contacted the driver who delivered the food and he said he wasn’t in possession of the pup, but Polanco thought otherwise. She told PIX11 News she believes the motive was money.

“I don’t think he came to steal a dog, but he saw her — she’s very cute,” Polanco said. “It’s a crime, it’s theft. She’s worth $5,000. It could be grand larceny. I don’t know what’s going to happen, all I’m thinking about is Ella, I need Ella back.”

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In a bizarre turn of events, Polanco was contacted Tuesday morning by the driver who took off with the dog but continued to claim that it wasn’t him.

“He was like, ‘I saw myself on TV this morning,'” Polanco told The Post about the call. “‘I didn’t steal your dog. I thought she was lost. I gave it to a neighbor.’ I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? 

“We saw you take Ella into your car and drive off,’” she said. “He was like, ‘Oh, yeah. But, no. It’s not me.’ I was like, ‘Just give me back Ella. That’s all I’m worried about.'”

At around noon that same morning, a man came by to drop the dog off where he was quickly apprehended by awaiting police.

It was not the delivery driver, and the man claimed he was simply paid to drop the dog off.

“I was happy,” Polanco said. “I got my baby back. I’m happy, the family’s happy, we all got our family member back. You know, she’s our baby. She’s the youngest one, six months.”

Police are continuing the search and investigation, putting up wanted posters of the thief while Uber has removed his access to the platform.

“What the customer reported is deeply upsetting and unacceptable,” the email sent to PIX11 by Uber said. “We’re continuing to look into this and have removed this driver’s access to the platform. We stand ready to assist law enforcement in their investigation.”

Although she got her puppy back, Polanco still wants the dognapper to face legal consequences.

“I mean, she’s worth $5,000-plus,” she said. “So it is grand larceny, stolen item.”

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Isaac Serna-Diez is a writer who focuses on entertainment and news, social justice, and politics. Follow him on Twitter here.