Police are hunting a dog-napping gang after CCTV is captured when two black Labradors were stolen from outside a Marks & Spencer store.
Owners Charlotte and Dale Robson have been left heartbroken after Denzel and Welly were picked up from outside the store in Nantwich, Cheshire on Saturday night.
The dogs – one with a blue collar and the other with a gray or silver collar – were tied outside the Market Street store when thieves struck around 6:10 PM.
CCTV recorded the moment Denzel and Welly were led away from the store in Nantwich, Cheshire on Saturday night
CCTV images shared on social media show two men with the dogs running away from the city center. It is believed they were headed for Queens Drive.
They are both white, of medium build, short dark hair and wearing dark footwear.
The man holding the dog leashes was wearing a dark jacket and light sweatpants.
And the man in front of him was wearing a black jacket and dark pants or jeans. He was carrying a dark bag.
The police would also like everyone with CCTV or a dashcam on their car to come forward.
A man in a black jacket and dark trousers runs down the sidewalk with a bag
Moments later, the man with the dog leashes is running down the street wearing a dark jacket and light sweatpants
A ‘suspicious’ old white transit bus has also been spotted in the area, although it is currently unclear whether this is related to the incident.
Mr. and Mrs. Robson have now made a desperate appeal for the safe return of their ‘beloved pets’.
Mr. Robson said: ‘They have both been neutered and will not be used as breeding dogs. They are family dogs and belong to their family here.
They are eight and seven and a half years old.
The couple have now made a desperate appeal for the safe return of their ‘beloved pets’. In the picture: Mr. Robson pictured with the two missing labradors, Denzel and Welly
A special Facebook page has been set up to help find the puppies. Pictured: Mr. Robson with one of the dogs
“We are devastated and we have two daughters who will be heartbroken.
‘We just want them back – no questions are asked.
Denzel will bark if he’s somewhere he doesn’t want to be.
Welly will be scared. Please keep an ear for excessive barking and pay attention to it too. ‘
The call has since been shared thousands of times.
Residents also helped locate and monitor CCTV. A special Facebook page has also been set up.
Police have appealed for dashcam or camera images of vehicles that may have been nearby
The dogs are pets that have been microchipped and neutered which means they cannot be used for breeding
The Robsons added, ‘We always love to see the good in this world and the sense of community we have felt has kept us from believing.
“Men like these don’t deserve the good, and I hope there is at least one small part of them who regret breaking a family.”
Detective Sergeant Vicki Shelton of the Cheshire Police said: “The owner of the dogs is understandably deeply upset.
‘Pets are part of the family and it is a harrowing and terrifying experience to have them stolen.
“ I would like to assure members of the community that we take incidents of this nature extremely seriously and do everything we can to identify who stole the dogs, face the consequences of their actions and return the pets. return to their rightful owner.
Mr Robson wrote in a Facebook post that the brothers are ‘inseparable’ and he hopes ‘they are now being kept together and cared for’
The owner added that the family dogs were used to ‘home comforts, cuddling and playing with our daughters’
‘Investigations are underway and I advise anyone who thinks they know the identities of the men in the camera images to contact us.
‘You can’t see their faces clearly in the images, but we hope that some members of the audience recognize them by their structures, the clothes they wore and the way they run.
We also want to hear from anyone who witnessed the theft of the dogs or has other information that could support our investigation.
“Maybe you think you know where the dogs are, or you have CCTV or dashcam footage that could be relevant to the investigation.”
Anyone with information or imagery is asked to call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 21000195850.
Alternatively, information can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800555111.