DUDLEY, N.C. — Authorities say a North Carolina man has been charged with stealing his stepdaughter’s puppy and selling it to buy drugs.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office told local media outlets 41-year-old Christopher O’Neal Eakes was arrested Monday and charged with larceny of a dog.

The 8-week-old Yorkshire terrier was reported stolen from a Dudley home on New Year’s Day. An investigation by the sheriff’s office determined the stepfather of the victim sold the puppy to buy drugs. Authorities said the family who bought the puppy didn’t know it had been stolen.

The puppy was found and returned to its owner.

Eakes was jailed on a $2,500 unsecured bond. It’s not known if he has an attorney.

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