LEE’S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) — Lee’s Summit Police is asking for help locating a missing puppy and identifying the man who stole it.
The dognapping happened around 5pm on Thursday. A man walked into the Petland pet store on Chipman Road and asked to see a 10-week-old French bulldog puppy. Then he stole the dog.
“This was a trip in, asked to see the said dog, the retailer brought the dog out to him, he hugged the dog and then the retailer came back to have another customer and this person was leaving the business,” said Ronnie of Lee’s Summit Police Doumitt.
The Petland store manager said the suspect’s face was covered while he was communicating with employees inside. He is about six feet tall with a long locus.
A Tesla parked outside actually caught this image of his face on camera as he left the store and the masked man fell. The man leaves in a black Nissan Altima.
This is the missing puppy is a blue merle frenchie with one blue eye, a rare and expensive breed.
“Retail value is $8,500,” says Doumitt.
The store says Frenchies are the most popular breed right now, and merle-colored dogs are even more coveted.
Although considered by many to be a dog family, the suspect in this case will be charged with property theft, not kidnapping.
“It’s an itme, obviously it’s a living item, but yeah, it’s a felony stealing,” Doumitt said.
The American Kennel Club has reported an increase in dog thefts around the country, most notably Lady Gaga’s dog last year.
If you have any information about the suspect or the puppy’s whereabouts, you are asked to call the Lee’s Summit Tips Hotline at 816-969-1752.