Theft of $ 8,000 puppy filmed in Illinois shopping mall
LOMBARD, Ill. (WGN) – A puppy was stolen Friday afternoon from a pet store in Lombard, Ill., With surveillance footage filming the theft.
The 10 week old $ 8,000 puppy was removed from the Furry Babies store inside Yorktown at around 3:45 p.m. when the store was quite busy.
Surveillance footage from the theft shows a man in a gray hoodie and Gucci hat walking into the store and distracting an employee as his accomplice with a long ponytail and white shirt walks to a crib outdoors and catches a puppy. She then goes out.
“She knew where the puppy was [that] she was going to take. She reached out in the crib, bent down and stuffed the puppy in her purse and booked it out of the store, ”said manager Kaylee Wallace.
The woman is wearing a mask, so it will be difficult to identify her. However, mall security captured the couple leaving and getting into a car in the parking lot.
“We know what car they were driving, it’s a purple Honda Odyssey, it has no plates. Obviously, they planned to do it, ”Wallace said.
This isn’t the first time this has happened on the Furry Babies site, with Wallace noting that several other attempts have taken place. But the store’s policy clearly states that you are not allowed to put your hands inside the cribs.
“Our # 1 priority is just to get this puppy back. We want it to be safe, we are asking the public’s help to get it back, ”Wallace said.