A pet store in Temecula is asking the public's help in identifying two suspects who allegedly stole a puppy.
The alleged theft occurred between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Temecula Puppies 4 Less, 31285 Temecula Parkway, Suite 180, according to Mark Romancen, general manager.
Based on eye witnesses and surveillance footage, Romancen alleges that a man and a woman, described as Hispanic and in their early 20s, entered the store at about the same time but acted like they were not together.
After about 20 minutes, Romancen said the woman walked out of the store, while the man asked to hold a female husky puppy.
A few minutes later, Romancen alleges the man walked to the front counter and said "that he will take it," then ran out the door with the puppy to a waiting car being driven by the woman.
The car was a newer model Toyota Corolla, dark gray in color with tinted windows, Romancen said.
Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell confirmed a deputy responded to the store, took a report, and that an investigation into the alleged theft is underway.
Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspects may call the store directly at 951-302-7444 or the Southwest Sheriff's Station at 951-696-3000.