Pet stores are currently on the lookout for the thieves that have been walking into metro pet stores and taking dogs before any of the employees even realize that they have gone missing.
A pet store in Centennial, Perfect Pets, has seen quite a few puppy thefts in the last few months. This past Saturday one happened when a man walked into the store and took a $2,700 cocker spaniel puppy before anyone could stop him.
According to Bianca Rose who is a manager at the store, "Of all the things to steal, a puppy is the worst thing — other than maybe a baby."
Luckily the entire incident was caught on camera from numerous angles by multiple different cameras that all recorded the theft.
According to Bianca the man who took the puppy spent almost seven minutes looking at puppies at the store before he took the dog he wanted.
Another incident was on June 26th when a man stole a puppy from the same store, Perfect Pets. Surveillance videos showed the workers running after him several moments later but it was still too late to stop him.
Unfortunately, these two incidents are just the latest in the string of puppy thefts from Perfect Pets. At least six dogs have been taken from the store only in this year. Bianca says, “It’s calmed down a bit, but crime has been a lot higher with COVID, unfortunately. What do you do? Leave the puppies locked so people can’t play with them? That’s the worst."
The most recent thief was seen leaving the store in a white Nissan Maxima with temporary plates. If you see a similar vehicle please contact the Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP.
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