Masked men break into Gwinnett pet store, steal 19 puppies worth $60K

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

Police in Gwinnett County are looking for two men who broke into a pet store Friday night and stole 19 puppies worth about $60,000.

The theft happened shortly before 2 a.m. at the Local Breeders pet store in the 1800 block of Old Norcross Road, according to police spokesman Cpl. Collin Flynn.

Police said the thieves used a long pipe to smash the front door of the business and get inside, then rummaged through the store.

Surveillance video captured the men wearing masks and dark clothing as they looked around the store, Flynn said. One had a work light attached to his head, he said.

“The cash registers were ripped open and the cabinet drawers were looked through and items were thrown around,” according to a Gwinnett police report.

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The suspects took about $400 from the cash registers, Flynn said. They then tossed the puppies into two green bags.

In total, five English bulldogs, four Yorkie-Poos, four Malteses, two Shih-Poos, three Morkies and one Shih-Tzu were taken.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gwinnett police department at 770-513-5300. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

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