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Middletown, New Jersey police are investigating the robbery of a cockapoo at a pet store

MIDDLETOWN — Township police are circulating a detailed description of a suspect charged with taking a 10-week-old dog from a Route 35 pet store Thursday afternoon.

A statement from the Middletown Township Police Department said a young black man entered The Pet Shop shortly before 1:15 p.m. and, according to the owner, asked if there were any cockapoo or goldendoodle puppies for sale.

Moments after he began to play with one of the cockapoos available, 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, police say, 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 Detectives Bureau, 732-615-2120, or the department’s anonymous hotline, 732-615-3277.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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