Suspects caught on camera going on Thornton puppy stealing spree

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THORNTON, Colo. — A pair of puppies valued at almost $2,000 were stolen from a Thornton pet store last week.

According to Thornton Police spokesperson Matt Barnes, the puppies were stolen within a span of four days at the Pet Ranch, located at 3823 East 120th Avenue. The first puppy, a Maltese-Silky Terrier mix valued at $1,099, was stolen on March 10. The second, a tan Chihuahua valued at $799, was stolen on March 14.

Police described the suspect who stole the Maltese-Silky Terrier mix as a white male in his 20s, standing approximately 5-foot-6 with 5 stars tattooed on the right side of his neck and another tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Witnesses told officers they observed the suspect pick up the puppy and conceal it in his jacket as he walked out of the store.

The second theft was attributed to a group of a four who appeared to be a family — an adult male and female with two young girls. Witnesses say they saw the adult male conceal the puppy under his shirt and walk out of the store with the rest of the family.

That adult male is described as a white, in his late 30s to early 40s, approximately 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8 in height and between 160 and 180 pounds. He reportedly has short spiked dirty blond hair with multiple tattoos on his arms.

The adult female was described as Hispanic, in her late 30s to early 40s, approximately 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9 in height and between 125 and 130 pounds. She reporteldy has dark, shoulder length hair.

The two small children were girls, approximately 3 and 5 years of age.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Metro Area Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867, or the Thornton Police Department.