Published: Aug 24, 2010 10:39 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 24, 2010 7:39 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. - An Office Depot manager is being hailed a hero for helping to return a stolen car and a stolen dog back to its owner.

The 16-year-old white Maltese ran into the store on U.S.41 in Naples last Wednesday.  It ran up and down the aisles from the bathrooms to the registers for more than 45 minutes.

"I don't know how he just ran into the store," said store manager Frances Morales.  "I asked everyone who's dog it was, nobody knew."

Morales gave dog water and called police.

"We just wanted to make sure his owner got him back," said Morales.

But, this dog wasn't just a stray.  It was stolen.

Its owner had left the dog in her running car while she went into a local store.  When she came outside, the car and the dog were gone.

When Morales called police they put two and two together and called the owner.
"She said, oh my god you found my dog," said Morales.  "She was happy she was crying."

Police found the woman's car at a nearby church, but couldn't find the thief. 

Morales is glad that being animal lover could help crack a case.

"Maybe he just knew I was here, maybe he just knew I loved dogs," said Morales.  "I'm just so glad she got him back."

Law enforcement officials have not made any arrests yet.  The thief could be charged with grand theft and grand theft auto.