Pueblo police are searching for a couple accused of stealing a puppy from a local pet store. The man and woman, allegedly enlisted the help of a child during the theft.
The man, woman and child were captured by video surveillance entering Pet Paradise together. They then separated and browsed in the store. Eventually, the male asked if he could see one of the puppies, a Yorkie-Bichon mix. The dog was originally listed at $550, but was on sale for $499. At some point the woman and child left the store and supposedly waited in a car in the parking lot.
After asking an employee a series of questions that led them to believe he was serious about purchasing the dog, the man asked if he could show it to his wife before making a final decision. He allegedly told the staff his wife was pregnant and waiting in the car because she could not come into the store. The staff agreed to the request and escorted him to the vehicle.
When he arrived at the vehicle, the staff member that was escorting him says his demeanor changed. "He says, YO! And he held that puppy tight and he took off running," says Connie Kendall, owner of Pet Paradise. As the man took off on foot, the worker says the woman took off in the vehicle in the opposite direction.
Since the incident, Pet Paradise has been working with the police and the people of southern Colorado to track down the accused thieves. "We've got posters everywhere, there's already been some things on Facebook about it," says Kendall.
Kendall also tells 11 News that Facebook comments are giving them hope the dog may be recovered safe and sound. But the puppy's not the only one the pet store owner is worried about. "That's the saddest part right there, [the girl] was with her mom in the getaway car and seen her dad take off the opposite way. So it's very sad, very sad," says Kendall.
Kendall hopes the couple will turn themselves in, but if they don't she is confident someone will recognize them. If you have any information about this crime you can leave a tip anonymously with Crime Stoppers in Pueblo at 542-STOP.
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