Puppy stolen from parked vehicle at Eagle River Walmart
Anchorage police are looking for a woman who stole a small puppy from a sedan parked in Eagle River early Friday, then fled in an SUV.
The dognapping of Dexter, a black Labrador/Rottweiler mix, from the Eagle River Walmart was reported to police just after 12:30 a.m. Friday, according to a statement from police spokesman MJ Thim.
“The preliminary investigation found that the victim parked their 2008 blue Toyota Scion in the parking lot and walked into the Walmart,” Thim wrote. “The victim was inside the store for less than 10 minutes when he came out and found his 3-month-old puppy stolen. The suspect smashed the driver’s side window, grabbed the puppy and fled in a small SUV.”
Thim said the suspect, a white woman wearing a light-colored jacket and white hat, left in a dark green SUV with a tire on the back. Two witnesses saw the incident, and their statements were confirmed by surveillance video.
“We have no indication that the victim was targeted,” Thim said. “This was a random crime.”
Thim said he wasn’t aware of any recent similar reports of puppy thefts.
Investigators are asking anyone who finds a dog for sale matching the description of the stolen puppy to let them know.
Anyone with information on the suspect or the SUV is asked to call police at 907-786-8900 or contact Anchorage Crime Stoppers anonymously at 907-561-STOP or through its website.