Police said both men just walked out the door of the Pet Ranch located at 3823 E. 120th Ave. in Thornton with the puppies hidden.
The first puppy nabbing happened March 10 about 4:30 p.m. The man had taken a Maltese/Silky Terrier puppy valued at $1,099.
The man pick up a puppy and hide it in his jacket and walk out of the premisses, witnesses said. He is described as a white man in his 20s, approximately 5-foot-6 with 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 a profanity tattooed on the knuckles of both hands. He was wearing black jeans and a dark blue “security type” jacket with the American flag on the left shoulder.
Just four days later about 7:10 p.m. another puppy was stolen this time a Chihuahua valued at $799. A man used his family as a distraction.
Witnesses told police a family of four, an adult male and female with two little girls looked at a black and tan Chihuahua puppy. The man concealed the puppy in his pants under his shirt and then walked out of the store. The woman and two girls followed.
“Grabbed the puppy, ran to the back of the store, put it in his pants, signaled his wife it was time to go, came up to the front and held both is toddlers’ hands as he walked out the door with it in his pants,”
The man is described as white in his late 30s to early 40s, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, 160 to 180 pounds with short spiked dirty blonde hair. He has multiple tattoos on his arms and was wearing a brown shirt and dark jeans.
The woman is described as Hispanic in her late 30s to early 40s, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, 125-130 pounds with dark shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing a grey shirt.
The two small children were girls about three and five years old.
The puppies need special care because they are so young and so small.
Police do not believe the two cases are connected.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Metro Area Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867, or call the Thornton Police Department.
|This man stole a Chihuahua puppy from the Pet Ranch in Thornton (credit: Thornton Police)|
|A Chihuahua puppy was stolen from the Pet Ranch in Thornton. (credit: CBS)|
|This man stole a Maltese tea cup puppy from the Pet Ranch in Thornton (credit: Thornton Police)|
|A Maltese tea cup puppy was stolen from the Pet Ranch in Thornton. (credit: CBS)|
|Shameless man used his family as a distraction to steel a Chihuahua puppy from the Pet Ranch in Thornton (credit: Thornton Police)|