A 9-week-old puppy was stolen from a Shakopee pet shop Monday morning, WCCO said.
A man wearing a gray cap asked took a multicolored long haired Chihuahua from the Petland in Shakopee around 11 a.m. Monday, the Star Tribune said.
The man said he hadn't had a dog since he was young and just wanted to see the puppy, according to store employees. Within minutes, the man snatched up the puppy and rode away in a blue Volkswagen Passat with Minnesota license plates 768BDA, the Star Tribune reported.
The owners, Heather and Jeff Latko, expressed concern for the Chihuahua's welfare as the puppy has been having trouble keeping weight on and need veterinary attention, WCCO said.
There is a microchip inside the puppy's body that when scanned will indicate that the dog is stolen, Jeff Latko said. The microchip along with the description of the getaway car, and surveillance footage leave the Latkos confident that the puppy will be found, the Star Tribune said.
This is the third pet-knapping from the Shakopee Petland store in the last five years, Heather Latko said.