Police: Puppy stolen from Wallingford pet store

WALLINGFORD — Police say they are investigating the theft of a puppy from a local pet store where a thief tucked the dog under his shirt before walking out of the door. 

The dog, a silky terrier, was valued at $3,600, Wallingford police said.

Police said they were called to All Pets Club on Sept. 9 after the puppy was discovered stolen. Police said investigators reviewed security camera footage from Aug. 29 when the dog was stolen.

The footage, captured around 3:20 p.m. on Aug. 29, shows a man with long dreadlocks and wearing a white short-sleeved shirt, ducking his head as he passes the store cameras, police said. 

After making his way to the back of the store where the dogs are kept, the man went into the bathroom to hide, police said. 

"The suspect poked his head out of the bathroom and from the closest pen of dogs, took a silky terrier and placed it under his shirt," police said in a news release Wednesday. "The suspect once again ducked his head as he walked straight out of the store."

Police did not say why the store waited until Sept. 9 to report the Aug. 29 theft.

Police released images of the man and are asking anyone who can identify him to contact investigators.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact police at 203-294-2800 the case number is 22-24222.