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A homeless man has been arrested for allegedly stealing six husky puppies and cash after breaking into a pet grooming salon in Virginia.
Rodney Jackson, 50, is facing charges of breaking and entering, grand larceny, grand larceny with intent to sell, and animal larceny after he broke into the Critter Cleaners between Friday night (January 21) and early Saturday night (January 22).
Police released CCTV footage of the man entering the salon and grabbing the animals before making a quick exit.
Murdock says in addition to the grooming business, she is also a breeder and the pets are kept at the salon with frequent check-ins from herself and the staff.
Four of the husky puppies were recovered and returned to their mother on Saturday – but Bandi Murdock, who owns the dogs the grooming shop has issued a plea of Facebook to trace the missing pups.
She wrote: "They are only 2 weeks old, they literally opened their eyes two days ago. They need to nurse.”
In an update on Wavy TV, the salon owner said one of the women who returned a stolen puppy told her that she purchased the dog from a man who was walking down the street selling them for $100.
Bandi told the broadcaster on Jan 24: "The first lady who returned one, she said he was walking down the street selling them and she purchased one from him for $100.
"Then the lady who returned another one today said her husband bought one from him for $50."
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The suspect is described as a black male wearing a puffy jacket, dark jeans, and boots.
Hampton Police Division has asked for anyone with any information to contact them on 757–727–6111 or the Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK-U-UP.
Callers can remain anonymous and never appear in court by contacting Crime Line. If a Crime Line tip results in an arrest, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.00.
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