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Husky Pup Allegedly Stolen From Temecula Shop

Store management from Temecula Puppies 4 Less has released surveillance photos and video in the hopes of identifying two suspects in the alleged theft of a Husky puppy Saturday.

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.

Brenda February 07, 2013 at 09:12 AM
Great video. Someone will know these two and the description of the car and they will be caught. That is great video of their faces and body style. These systems in retail stores and homes are worth the money. Just make sure this makes it into as many papers as possible and news TV if you can Temecula Puppy and I hope you get these two. Disgusts me that people can walk in and do this stuff all the time and it raises prices for the rest of the people.
Temecula resident February 07, 2013 at 04:00 PM
What is disgusting it that there is a puppy whoring pet store in this town at all. All of these puppies come from puppy mills where the breeding adults spend all of their lives in small filthy cages reproducing until they can't anymore, and then they are discarded with the daily trash. This place should be shut down.
Josh Anguno February 07, 2013 at 06:53 PM
IF you are a temecula Resident and You are writing such a Biased Horrible Comment about a Innocent Dog being stolen You are morally a ignorant person. This is not a "Mall" Store This store is a huge Puppy Adoption advocate all of the dogs are local. Walk in there and you will be pleasantly surprised. Next time you comment do your research Before you spread a terrible untruth.
Josh Anguno February 07, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Good Pics. I hope these two people are found. I Cannot believe someone would do this. Ridiculous its not safe to even let people pet a dog!
Peta Flo February 07, 2013 at 07:45 PM
exactly! Nobody feels sorry for you pet shop owner!! Shame on you for even selling these puppies!!!
Danielle Raymond February 07, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Exactly what I was going to say! Why should anyone care if someone stole from a puppy mill?
HWoman February 07, 2013 at 11:50 PM
I live in the condos right behind the store. I can't even believe that someone could walk out with a puppy. What happened to Temecula being the safest area to live in?
Temecula resident February 08, 2013 at 10:22 PM
@ Josh. YOU are completely mistaken... Are you the unfortunate owner of this puppy mill store? It certainly sounds like it. There is not one single ETHICAL breeder of any breed - that would let one of their beloved pups go into a pet store. THIS is a FACT. All anyone has to do is go to their web site and see the poorly bred pups they are offering for sale. The poorest quality of pups and Designer dogs are simply mutts with a marketing twist in order for places like this to make money...End of story.
Bob Dole February 19, 2013 at 05:39 AM
Nice, you equate personal safety to a couple of dumb nut kids stealing a puppy. Go live in Moreno valley.
Bob Dole February 19, 2013 at 05:40 AM
OMG! That puppy tasted great!

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