Reward offered in theft of dogs

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Apr. 3, 2007 - A reward is being offered for information about a recent theft of 10 dogs valued at $1,000 each, and authorities are seeking help in identifying two people believed to have connections to the case.

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Authorities are looking for the public’s help in identifying a man and woman who officers believe may have been involved in the thefts.

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A pet breeder on County Road 2321 contacted Hopkins County sheriff's officers March 11 after discovering six Yorkshire terriers missing. The theft was thought to have occurred after midnight but before dawn that Sunday morning. 

The missing canines included four registered terriers that are 1 1/2 years old, one that is six years old and another six months old. Three of the dogs are black and gold, two are Maltese and white, and another black and silver. She later reported four more Yorkies missing from her kennels.

One of the stolen dogs was found wandering loose in Mesquite and turned over to a pound. That agency contacted the owner after scanning a microchip embedded under the dog's skin that led them to the pet breeder.

Sheriff's investigators are now asking for the public's help in identifying a man and a woman that may have been involved in the dog thefts.

A box that was left at the kennels was traced back to Wal-Mart through a tag left on the box, which had been abandoned beside the kennels. Store surveillance video from the early morning hours of March 11 was reviewed for that time period.

The woman was spotted on video collecting the same box. The man was also seen on the video. Officers also obtained from the video an image of a sport utility vehicle, likely a Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon, that the woman got out of before entering the store.

Store personnel who viewed the tape recalled the woman commenting that she was getting boxes "to put dogs in," according to Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigator Charles Humphries

"We're trying to identify them to talk to them," Humphries said. "We encourage anyone who might recognize them or know something to call Crime Stoppers. We're offering the usual award."

Tips about the man or worman, the theft or the dogs can be phoned in to Crime Stoppers at 903-885-2020. Informatin which helps solve the case through arrest or conviction could result in a reward of up to $1,000 for the caller. Calls are handled in such as that callers do not have to give their names, just their information.

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