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Police continue search for Petland thief
PENSACOLA -- PENSACOLA - Pensacola Police are trying to find the woman who stole a $2400 Yorkshire Terrier.
The incident happened at Petland on Davis Highway around 4pm Wednesday afternoon.
The owner of the store is hopeful surveillance video will help nab the woman behind the heist.
The Yorkie was supposed to stay in the socialization area with the customer but instead it was handed off to a woman who walked out of the store with it.
Surveillance video shows a woman stealing the 8 week old "Lilly". The owner of Petland says a group of people came into the store, went over to the dog kennel area and asked to see the puppy.
That is when a woman in a blue shirt and bright colored hair takes the puppy from the socialization area.
She "walks to the front of the store, looks around a little bit, and once they thought everything was all clear, walked right on out the front door" said J.R. Harper, Petland Owner.
Based on how the group was acting, the store owner has his suspicions about their intentions from the beginning.
"It looked to be with a purpose, of taking a puppy from us unfortunately" said Harper.
Since the incident Petland is considering changing its policies while customers interact with pets by having employees stay with the customers until the pet is either purchased or put back in their kennels.
"The pet counselors and management team were busy doing a couple things and they took advantage of us" said Harper.
If you happen to see Lilly around or have information about her disappearances call Pensacola Police Department or Petland at (850)637-1123.