Middletown, NJ police investigate heist of cockapoo from pet shop
MIDDLETOWN — Township police are circulating a detailed description of a suspect who is accused of taking a 10-week-old dog from a Route 35 pet store Thursday afternoon.
A release from the Middletown Township Police Department said a young, black male entered The Pet Shop sometime before 1:15 p.m. and, according to the owner, asked if there were cockapoo or goldendoodle puppies for sale.
Moments after beginning to play with one of the available cockapoos, a female with brown fur, police said the man took the dog and ran out of the store.
The man was seen running to an adjacent parking lot, according to police, where he got into a small, black SUV — possibly a Nissan Rogue — with New Jersey license plates partially reading "X58."
He is further described as having worn a blue surgical mask, ripped black jeans, orange Crocs, and a black sweatshirt with the words "Key Street" in white lettering on the sleeves.
Police did not give a reason why he might have asked for cockapoos or goldendoodles.
Anyone with potential information can call the Middletown Police Detective Bureau, 732-615-2120, or the department's anonymous tipline, 732-615-3277.