A man who claimed his pet pug 'Egg' was stolen at knife point during an armed robbery has been charged with making a false report. It's an unexpected twist in a story that captured the nation's attention.
NSW Police are now one step closer in cracking the case of Egg's disappearance, although it remains unclear if the dog was ever owned by the man in the first place.
Police released a statement on Wednesday saying that Egg's alleged owner had been charged with making a false report of an armed robbery in Sydney's Olympic Park.
"Following investigations, officers from Flemington Local Area Command issued the man a future court attendance notice for false representation resulting in police investigation," NSW Police said in a statement.
A police spokesman told The Huffington Post Australia that at this stage they are unclear on if the pug was ever owned by the man.
They said that although the pug in the picture is real, it's unclear whether the man ever owned the dog or what's happened to him.
On February 9th, the Sydney man told police that three unknown men who were all armed with knives approached him while walking his dog down Australia Avenue.
"The unknown men demanded the man's wallet and backpack, also taking the man's 14-week-old dog, named "Egg", described as a smaller breed black 'Pug'," Police said.
Police launched a subsequent investigation making a public plea for information of the puppies whereabouts, when it was reported stolen.
"Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a dog safely after it was stolen from his owner in Sydney Olympic Park last night," they said on Facebook.
The public responded in disbelief about the incident, sharing the image on Facebook thousands of times.
The 29-year-old man will appear in Burwood Local Court on April 6.