HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A man has been arrested after six 3-week-old husky puppies were stolen during a burglary Friday at a Hampton pet salon, and the crime was caught on video.
Hampton Police said the suspect was a homeless man identified as 50-year-old Rodney Jackson. Jackson was charged with breaking and entering, grand theft, grand theft with intent to sell and 6 counts of animal theft.
Three of the puppies have been recovered and reunited with their mother. 10 On Your continues to learn more about the current status of the remaining three puppies.
“Puppies are not going to survive without their mothers,” said Bandi Murdock, owner and breeder of Critter Cleaners. “They are still dependent on their mothers and puppies this age eat every two to four hours, so time is running out for the puppies.”
Murdock keeps the dogs in his grooming salon because his staff helps care for the dogs and they are socialized. She is desperate to get them back.
“Just drop ’em off at animal control, bring ’em here, drop ’em on our porch, whatever, take ’em to the police station, I don’t care, just bring ’em back,” he said. she declared.
In a news release, police said they were made aware of the burglary at Critter Cleaners in the 5100 block of West Mercury Boulevard at 7:36 a.m. Friday morning.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect entered through a window and removed the puppies and money. Police did not have a photo with their release Friday morning, but 10 On Your Side obtained surveillance video showing the suspect’s face.
“He came in around 1:30 a.m. through a window, broke the hinged window,” Murdock said. “I watched TV, took a shower.”
She says the suspect also ripped the rear CCTV camera out of the wall, so they couldn’t see when he left, but believe he was inside for hours.
The puppies’ mother is in distress, said Libby Howard, who sent photos of the dogs. There are five females and one male.
Howard says a reward is offered.
She was one of the first people to enter the grooming salon this morning.
“We walked in here and it was a total mess,” Howard said. “It’s terrible at this stage, they’re running out of time, they’ve been gone since 3am. The puppies need to be fed every three hours or so when they’re three weeks old. It’s too cold outside. We’re worried , we are very worried.
“NO QUESTIONS, WE JUST WANT THE DOGS BACK!” a Facebook post of his readings.
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