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Puppy thieves send apology, cash to OC store

A letter of apology and $600 in cash was sent to an Orange County pet store, where a puppy theft took place on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.

January 28, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A letter of apology and $600 in cash was sent to an Orange County pet store, where a puppy theft recently took place.

A tiny 2-month-old chow puppy was stolen from a Pet City store in Stanton Thursday afternoon. Security cameras captured the whole incident. Authorities said a man kept an employee busy while a female accomplice made off with the dog, worth about $600.

Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said Saturday that a shopper was approached by a woman Friday night and offered $20 to carry a note and a wad of cash into the store.

That shopper walked into the store and notified authorities.

"Detectives were called, they confiscated the money as evidence, and the dog is still missing," Amormino said.

The woman who gave the shopper the cash and apology note had disappeared by the time deputies arrived. She was described only as a Hispanic woman, Amormino said.

Investigators say paying for the dog doesn't make the theft OK. They're still looking for the suspects.

If you recognize the suspects or have information about the case, you're urged to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) 847-6227.


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