HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) – A crime alert out of Hopewell where half a dozen puppies were stolen. The crooks snatched the animals right out of a dog pen in the owner's backyard in broad daylight.
A heavy chain and lock didn't keep the thief or thieves away. The owner of the animals says the crooks hoped over a fence and stole his pets.
In all, six pure bread pit bull puppies turned up missing. They're about 13 weeks old. One was left behind.
"I was standing here to feed them and I recognized everyone was missing except for the runt. The runt was barking by himself." (Nicole Bell: what was your reaction?) "Shock," said the owner of the animals, Chris Raymer.
The puppies are described as being from tan and white in color to brindle in color. One has black around its eyes.
The puppy snatchers got a hold of the animals on Sunday between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. It happened in the 1200 block of Central Avenue in Hopewell.
"It was more than one person. This ain't no one person job," said Raymer.
Although the owner of the animals wasn't at home when the pups were stolen he has an idea of how the crime went down.
"One person jumped over top of the fence. They probably handed them off to another person outside of the fence. I don't see how people could get away with carrying that many dogs down the street so there had to have been a vehicle involved as well," said Raymer.
Raymer is worried about the safety of the animals.
"A lot of people like to take them and fight them and stuff. I'm particular who buys them," said Raymer.
He's praying for their safe return.
"I hope they catch the people who did it. I'd like to have all of them back," said Raymer.
If you have any information on this crime you're urged to contact Hopewell Crime Solvers at 541-2202.