Middletown Police released a photo of a puppy stolen from a local pet store.
On Thursday, May 19 at 1:15 p.m., Middletown Township Police responded to The Pet Shop at 1284 Route 35 for a report of a stolen puppy from the store.
The owner reported that a young black man walked into the store and asked if the store had any Cockapoo or Goldendoodle puppies for sale.
The suspect then began playing with a cockapoo puppy, a 10-week-old female with brown coat, which was available for purchase. Within moments, the subject picked up the puppy and fled the store, police said.
The suspect ran to an adjacent parking lot and got into a small black SUV, possibly a Nissan Rouge, with the partial New Jersey license plate “X58”.
The suspect is described as a young black man wearing a blue surgical mask, ripped black jeans, orange Crocs and a black sweatshirt. The sweatshirt had the words “Key Street” on the sleeves in white lettering.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Middletown Police Detective Bureau at (732) 615-2120. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call the MTPD Advice Line at (732) 615-3277.
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