CENTENNIAL, Colo. (KDVR) – We’ve all heard of the Porch Pirate, but pet stores are looking for Doggie Pirates.
Thieves enter some subway pet stores and sweep the dogs before anyone notices they are gone.
Perfect Pets in Centennial has seen more than its fair share of puppy thefts in recent months. The most recent happened last Saturday when a man walked into the store and slipped a $ 2,700 Cocker Spaniel puppy before anyone could react.
“Of all the things to steal, a puppy is the worst thing – aside from maybe a baby,” said Bianca Rose, store manager.
Luckily for the store, everything was filmed. Several cameras recorded the theft.
Rose said the man spent nearly seven minutes in the store looking at puppies before hitting the dog.
Surveillance video shows employees chasing after him moments later, but it was too late.
Sadly, this is just the latest in a series of Perfect Pets puppy thefts. At least six dogs have been pulled from the store this year alone.
“It calmed down a bit, but crime was much higher with COVID, unfortunately,” Rose said.
In a recent case, thieves smashed store windows to get inside and steal two dogs.
“What are you doing? Leaving the puppies locked up so people can’t play with them? It’s the worst,” Rose said.
The thief was seen leaving the store in a white Nissan Maxima with temporary plates. If you recognize the man, contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP.
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