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Puppy Thief Nabs $1,500 Shih-Tzu

Lake Wales Police need help in identifying a suspect caught on video carting a $1,500 Shih-Tzu puppy out of a pet store at Eagle Ridge Mall.

Furbabies Pet Store reported the theft about 5:35 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. The black and white puppy, which is microchipped, was in a display crib. Surveillance video shows the suspect picking up the puppy, placing it in a bag from another store and exiting without paying.

Anyone who knows the identity of the suspect or the whereabouts of the puppy is asked to contact Detective Ben Metz at 863-678-4223, ext. 265 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 800-226-8477.


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