A MAN has been arrested over the burglary that saw adorable Dachsund Twiglet dognapped from her home.
CCTV footage of the theft went viral on social media, sparking a frantic hunt before the pup was returned to her owners Jo and Jamie Vindis 24 hours later.
Twiglet was taken during a break-in at the Vindis' home in Bedfordshire on July 26.
The distressing video of the burglary shows the 16-month-old pooch squealing in terror as the hammer-wielding thug smashes through the glass patio doors and rips her from her home.
Dressed in light-wash jeans, a yellow high-vis vest and a cap, the fake delivery driver managed to grab the beloved pet and flee through the broken doors.
He roughly put one hand around the little pup's snout in an attempt not to get bitten, while his other hand held Twiglet's back legs together.
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Essex Police have now confirmed that they arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of burglary in relation to the theft on August 4.
He was bailed while the investigation continues, but remains in custody after being charged with "unrelated" offences.
Thankfully, Twiglet was returned home after being spotted online by a Good Samaritan as she was advertised for sale.
The anonymous hero bought Twiglet under the pretence that he didn't know about the theft, only to return the beloved pup the next day.
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Jamie Vindis, 47, wrote on Facebook: "Everyone… we have the most amazing news… Twig is home!!!
"She's a little subdued by the whole experience but a tip off this evening (via FB) from someone that had seen all of the publicity and awareness, has meant we were able to be reunited about 11pm.
"We can't thank everyone enough for all of the posts and reposts and noise that has meant that she most likely did become 'too hot to handle'.
"We are blown away by how amazing people have been and want to thank you all so so much."
A spokesperson for Braintree CID said: "We continue to work with colleagues in Bedfordshire as we pursue a number of key lines of enquiry in relation to this incident.
"I know there was a significant level of concern and sympathy for the victims of this burglary and our investigation is progressing.
"I would continue to ask anyone who may have relevant information or footage to come forward.”
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the force on 101.
Those who wish to make an anonymous report can call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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