Thieves steal puppy from pet shop
A WOMAN calmly walks into a pet shop before closing, picks up a puppy, puts it in her handbag and leaves.
This is the scenario facing the Rocky Pet Barn on Musgrave Street where an orange sable pomeranian puppy was stolen on Sunday afternoon.
Assistant manager Melanie Tiegs said staff were upset by the theft, which occurred as they were shutting up shop for the day.
"They were in tears. They were really upset because one of the staff members was quite attached to the pomeranian," she said.
Ms Tiegs said when they reviewed CCTV footage it showed a woman and man with two girls head to an enclosed puppy area in the corner of the store.
The puppies, including the nine-week-old pomeranian, were out of their cages.
Ms Tiegs said the woman, described as Caucasian with dark hair and in her mid-30s, greeted one of the staff members when she entered before returning from the puppy area, where there are no cameras, two minutes later with her hand over her handbag.
Ten minutes later staff discovered the puppy was missing.
Ms Tiegs said she suspected it was this woman who stole the puppy.
"Maybe they really wanted him but could not afford him but if they could not afford him they could not afford to take care of him?" she asked.
District duty officer Senior Sergeant Neill Smith said police were reviewing CCTV footage of the theft and had a female suspect.
If you have any information call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.