THORNTON, Colo. - Police are investigating the thefts of two puppies, four days apart from the Pet Ranch store in Thornton.
Police believe the thefts are unrelated, because the suspect was a lone man in the first incident and a male suspect with a woman and two young girls in the second, Thornton police spokesman Officer Matt Barnes said Friday. Police released surveillance photos of the suspects.
The two pups had a total value of $1,898,
Police were called on the first theft about 4:13 p.m. on March 10 at the pet store at 3823 E. 120th Ave.
Witnesses said they saw a man pick up a gold colored Maltese/Silky Terrier puppy, conceal it in his jacket and walk out of the pet shop. The puppy had a $1,099 price tag, Barnes said.
The thief was described as a white man in his 20s who is about 5-feet-6-inches tall. He had five stars tattooed on the right side of his neck and an unknown name tattooed on the left side of his neck. He also had profanity tattooed on the knuckles of both hands.
He was wearing black jeans and a dark blue security guard-type jacket with an American flag on the left shoulder.
The second theft happened at about 7:10 p.m. on March 14.
Witnesses said they saw what appeared to be a family of four, a man and woman and two little girls, looking at a black-and-tan Chihuahua puppy, valued at $799.
Witnesses said the man hid the puppy under his shirt and walked out of the store with the woman and girls.
The thief is described as a white man in his late 30s to early 40s, who is about 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs 160 to 180 pounds. He has short, spiked dirty-blond hair and multiple tattoos on his arms. He was wearing a brown shirt and dark jeans.
The woman was described as a Hispanic in her late 30s to early 40s. She had dark, shoulder-length hair, was about 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighed between 125 to 130 pounds. She was wearing a gray shirt.
The two girls appeared to be about age 3 and 5.
This isn’t the first time puppies have been swiped from the Pet Ranch.
In September 2009, a woman stole two puppies – a black-and-tan Yorkshire Terrier and a black Boston Terrier/Chihuahua – worth a total of $2,100.
Anyone with information about the recent thefts is asked to contact Metro Area Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or call the Thornton Police Department.