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Puppies stolen as string of pet store burglaries continues

Puppies stolen as string of pet store burglaries continues

By Marco Villarreal. CREATED Jan 30, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Another pet store is fixing up their store front and missing some animals after a late night break-in. This time two puppies were taken and police need your help to find the culprits.

Jezzy and Jet were hoping to go to a good home, but instead they're now in the hands of criminals. Coincidentally, Las Vegas police called the owner Tuesday to warn him that thieves were targeting pet stores.

Surveillance video shows two men busting through the door of a pet store, running to the back and straight to the cages holding Siberian Husky puppies. Covering up with hoodies and wearing a headlight to see in the dark, two thieves infamously answer the question who let the dogs out.

"Probably went to bed about midnight. Exactly at 1:29 this morning I got a phone call," says Paulo Thomas, the owner of Puppy Boutique.

The owner had a long day answering police officer's questions and replacing the lock to his store. His main concern though are the pups.

"I just hope that they are being taken care of right now. Especially since they haven't eaten since this morning when they got them. I hope they are in good condition, or good care," says Thomas.

What has the shop owner confused is why these two cages are left empty while the third puppy, this Siberian Husky, the sister of the two that were stolen, was still left behind.

This is the fourth pet store to be broken into in the past couple of days. At least two of those crimes have been linked by police.

"Knowing that they did hit a couple of stores, including birds, they probably have some customers or they're trying to make money off of them," says Thomas.

"These puppies aren't cheap right? I mean how much does a Siberian Husky puppy cost," asks Action News reporter Marco Villarreal.

"Our price here is $1,000 to $1,500," answers Thomas.

As much as Puppy Boutique hopes to see the criminals pay for their deeds, they would rather have the puppies safe, taken care of, and back in their store.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Report is currently investigating this burglary, but has not found enough evidence to link this up with the other pet store crimes.

We have posted a link to information about Jezzy and Jet here and here.

Or if you have a tip for police, you can call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555. Remember you can remain anonymous.