Authorities in Arizona say a man was arrested on suspicion of stealing a service animal left outside a convenience store by its owner, a military veteran diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
According to AZFamily.com, the alleged victim left the dog tied up outside a Circle K location in Glendale recently as he went inside to make some purchases.
Upon exiting, he reportedly found the service animal missing and contacted law enforcement.
Court documents indicate authorities arrived at the scene and relied on surveillance footage to determine where the suspect went after taking the dog.
A short time later, police officers found Kevin Michael Kent, 52, sleeping in a field near the store. The dog was reportedly with him at the location.
Reports described the suspect as a homeless man. He was arrested and is expected to face criminal charges including one count of control to deprive a service animal.
[Featured image: Kevin Michael Kent, Maricopa County Sheriff Department]