18-year-old arrested for stealing SUV with service dog inside

An 18-year-old woman was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office after she allegedly went to a local hotel on Wednesday afternoon and stole an SUV that had a service dog inside.

At around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, a 2009 gray Kia Sorrento was stolen from the Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld (6850 Westwood Boulevard in Orlando), according to OCSO.

Stolen SUV
A photo of the 2019 Kia Sorrento that was stolen from the Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld on May 1, 2024.

Inside the SUV was the owner’s service dog named Thor.

Thor, the SUV owner’s service dog, was inside the vehicle when it was stolen on May 1, 2024.

In a social media post on Wednesday afternoon, the sheriff’s office stated that its detectives were doing everything possible to locate the SUV and bring Thor back safe.

Later that afternoon, an Orange County citizen found a dog wandering around an apartment complex. After seeing the social media post from OCSO, the citizen contacted the sheriff’s office, and Thor was reunited with his grateful owner.

The following day, the OCSO auto theft unit spotted the stolen SUV, and a suspect – identified as Emily Rose Modjeski – was arrested.

No further details were provided by the sheriff’s office.

Modjeski was transported to Orange County Jail, where she is currently being held without bond. She is being charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and violation of probation, according to jail records.

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