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News Release

Friday, April 24, 2009

Media Relations

Dog Thief Caught on Video NR09203jl

Los Angeles: Los Angeles detectives are asking the public's help in identifying a suspect seen stealing a dog from a department store.

On April 23, 2009, at around 4 p.m., victim went shopping at Target Department store located at 3535 South La Cienega Boulevard. The victim had secured her dog to a bench located in the front of the store and when she returned about 30 minutes later, she found the dog missing.

Detectives' investigation revealed that a male Black suspect sat on the bench, removed the dog and entered his car. The suspect then drove off in an unknown direction.

The suspect was about 50 years of age, 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded jacket. His vehicle was described as 4-door white car.

The victim's dog is 1 ½ years old half Havanese/ShihTzu. The dog is about 15 pounds and brown in color.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective James Hampton at 213-485-6795 during normal business hours. After hours and on weekends, phone 1-877-LAPD 24-7 (527-3247). Persons can also send anonymous tips by texting CRIMES (274637) and typing LAPD to start the message.