WASHINGTON - DC police released surveillance video Thursday of two people stealing a golden retriever from his owner's yard, and they're asking for help from the public in tracking down the suspect-- and hopefully bringing the dog home safely.
Police say the dog was stolen from a home in the 100 block of Elmira Street SW on Saturday, October 15 just after 10 pm. Video of the incident was captured on a nearby surveillance camera. In the video, one of the suspects is seen walking another dog outside the resident's fence, while a second suspect follows. The suspects' dog gets excited, sniffing the golden retriever through the fence.
The second suspect is seen reaching over the fence to pet the golden retriever as the other suspect and their dog walk out of view of the surveillance camera. The second suspect then reaches over the fence, grabs the golden retriever by the collar, and lifts it up and over the fence.
Officials went to the home of the individuals who they believe took the dog, but no one answered the door.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either suspect or the dog is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099 or text a tip to MPD's text tip line at 50411. A reward of up to $1,000 may be offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment of the suspects involved.