The puppy is microchipped and has been flagged as stolen.

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who stole a puppy from a pet store in Tampa.

On Thursday, August 13, 2020, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the unidentified suspect entered All About Puppies located at 13705 North Dale Mabry Highway. Surveillance video captured the man grabbing an eight-week-old Maltese puppy, with a retail value of $3,000, from its playpen, and fleeing the store as employees raced behind him.

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The suspect managed to drive away in a burgundy red Kia Spectra that fled Northbound on North Dale Mabry Highway. The puppy is microchipped and has been flagged as stolen.

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“This man entered a pet store in broad daylight and snatched a puppy with no hesitation,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Not only is it a living creature that deserves to be treated with respect, it belongs to this business, and should have only left with someone who paid for it.”

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Anyone who recognizes the man in the surveillance video is urged to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.