LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police were reviewing surveillance videotape Monday and trying to determine whether the same culprits were responsible for the overnight theft of puppies from one Las Vegas pet store and exotic birds and lizards from a nearby business featured on the Animal Planet cable TV series “Tanked.”
Two white French bulldogs, a gray Schnauzer and a black Yorkshire terrier puppy were stolen during the first break-in just before midnight Sunday at Prince and Princess Puppies & Boutique, just off the 215 Beltway several miles southwest of the Las Vegas Strip, police Officer Laura Meltzer said.
Less than 90 minutes later and only a couple of miles away, thieves tossed a bowling ball-sized boulder through the front door of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing and stole a tropical cockatoo and three macaws, store owner Wayde King said.
The thieves also made off with four bearded dragon lizards, King said.
“They knew what they were looking for,” said King, who said he is worried about the care and feeding of his animals — a white and yellow cockatoo named Avalanche that he called his daughter’s favorite, a red macaw with green wings named Porche, a green blue and gold macaw with missing left claws named Sapphire, and a yellow and orange macaw hybrid named Tequila that has never before been separated from his sister, Sunrise.
Sunrise sat glumly Monday alone in her cage, King said.
King said the birds weren’t for sale at his family-run company, which mainly focuses on designing and building custom acquariums in all shapes and sizes for clients ranging from casinos, banks and restaurants to homeowners and business owners.
“I just want the animals to be safe,” he said. “They’re family pets.”
Police released a statement and a link to video showing the thieves. Police say they appeared to be males in their teens to early twenties. One wore a light colored hooded sweatshirt, denim shorts and a white baseball hat, and the other wore a light colored long-sleeved shirt, light colored basketball shorts and a white baseball hat.
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