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Purse-sized pooches make for great travel companions and fashion statements, but one woman was arrested Friday after using her tote to steal a $2,000 puppy from a St. Paul pet store.

The 18-year-old woman was a regular at Petland in the Sun Ray shopping center in St. Paul, so she didn't raise suspicions when she came in Friday night, the Pioneer Press reports.

Just minutes after she left, though, staff noticed a $2,000 Yorkie-poo was missing, the Associated Press reports.

The woman had applied for a job at the store, so the store manager and owner tracked her down at her residence using the address on file. The puppy was returned safely, and police arrested her.

The woman apologized, telling police she felt sorry for the puppy and wanted to take it home, the Pioneer Press notes.

She was in police custody Friday night for felony theft. No charges are filed yet.

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