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Associated Press, Published March 04 2013

Man snatches $2,500 puppy from Minn. pet store

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — A puppy-snatching in Shakopee was caught on video surveillance.

The pet store owner says a man carried the $2,500 male puppy like "a football" and fled with his getaway driver Monday.

Store owner Heather Latko tells the Star Tribune the store has video surveillance of the man with the 9-week-old longhair Chihuahua.

Latko says the dog also has a tracking microchip, and the store has a description of the vehicle that took the puppy away.

The video shows the man entering a puppy room and an employee bringing him the dog to hold. About a minute later, the man takes off with the puppy out of the Petland Shakopee's front door.

Witnesses saw him get into a late-1990s, dark-blue Volkswagen Passat with an accomplice behind the wheel.

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