UPDATE: The puppy has been returned unharmed. Police have made an arrest.
Middletown, NJ – On May 19, 2022 at approximately 1:15p.m., Middletown Twp. Police responded to The Pet Shop, located at 1284 State Route 35, for a report of a puppy being stolen from the store. The owner reported that a young black male came into the store and asked if the store had any cockapoo or goldendoodle puppies for sale. The suspect then began to play with a cockapoo puppy, a 10-week-old female with brown fur, that was available for purchase. Within moments, the subject picked up the puppy and ran from the store. 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 of “X58.”
The suspect is described as a young, black male 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.
See video on The Pet Shoppe facebook page:
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 Tipline at (732) 615-3277. The Middletown Twp. Police thanks the public for their continued assistance in this investigation.