Police: 2 men arrested after stealing puppy to sell it on Craigslist

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Two people have been arrested after police say they stole a puppy worth nearly $1,200 in order to sell it on Craigslist.

On Jan. 19, the two men went into the Har Mar Pet Shop on Snelling Avenue North in Roseville and each asked to hold a Shih-Tzu puppy, police said in a news release says.

Per store policy to help prevent theft, the employee asked them for their IDs. When they were done playing with the puppies, they returned the dogs and got their IDs back.

One man left the store, while the other asked if he could hold a puppy one more time. The store employee obliged before getting his ID. That's when the suspect fled the store with the pooch and got into an SUV waiting outside the entrance of the mall.

“When we told the cops that we lost her, they said there’s a slim-to-none chance of getting her back,” Anna Tetz, who works at the pet shop, told WCCO.

But thanks to an alert employee from a nearby shop who noticed the commotion and remembered the SUV's license plate number, police were able to track down the dog, the release says.

On Monday, police went to the address the vehicle was registered to. When they got to the door, they could see the stolen puppy running around the living room.

One of the men confessed to taking the dog and said his friend helped him. They took the Shih-Tzu, worth $1,195, to sell on Craigslist, the release notes.

The dog was safely returned to the pet store.

The suspects haven't been formally charged, but were booked into the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center on probable cause felony theft.

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