Caught in photo: Man steals puppy from Middletown pet store

MIDDLETOWN, NJ — The search is underway for a puppy thief in Monmouth County.

Investigators say the man seen in the surveillance video stole a cockapoo puppy from the Pet Shoppe on Route 35 in Middletown on Thursday afternoon.

According to police, the man entered the store and asked if they had any cockapoo or goldendoodle puppies for sale. He then started playing with a 10-week-old cockapoo puppy and moments later police said he picked up the puppy and ran away.

Puppy stolen from pet store…Female Cockapoo…Please help us find this puppy…$2000 for safe return of puppy. The Pet Shoppe Reward $1000 New Jersey Coalition of Responsible Pet Stores Reward $1000 1284 Highway 35 Middletown, NJ 07748 732-706-5000 Microchip # 990000004409325 Il chased the black Nissan Rogue. We believe X58 were the first letters on the license plate.

posted by The pet shop Thursday, May 19, 2022

After stealing the pup, police say he got into a small black SUV with New Jersey’s partial X58 license plate.

The suspect was last seen wearing ripped black jeans, orange Crocs and a black sweatshirt with the words “Key Street” on the sleeves.

Anyone with information should contact Middletown Police.

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