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Funeral thieves drive off with puppies

Posted on January 07 2011 at 5:59:24

Police are appealing for information about the theft of a Land Rover containing two puppies while the owner was attending a funeral in Bromsgrove.

It happened outside St Peter’s RC Church in Rock Hill between 12.30pm and 1.45pm yesterday (Thursday 6th January).

Jack the puppy    Otto the puppy

The vehicle contained two miniature. seven-month-old daschund puppies. One is a red smooth haired daschund, called Jack (above, left), and the other is a brindle colour, wire haired and called Otto. Both have been micro chipped.

The owner, a woman in her 40s from Bristol, has had them since they were about two months old and is distraught at their loss. She is offering a £500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the offenders and the safe return of the puppies.

The rear of Land Rover has darkened windows so the thieves may not have realised the puppies, which were in a wire cage, were in there.

The Land Rover Discovery, registration 888 DAX, is described as RAF blue with a metallic hint, and was worth £12,000. It is a diesel and is about four years old. The previous registration, WV56 KPD, was etched on the windows. It has a tow hook on the back.

Also taken was a riding hat worth £120 and riding boots worth £200, a full length mink coat worth £2,500, a Mulberry handbag worth £550, a Louis Vuitton purse worth £300, bank cards, a pair of glasses worth £560 and a pair of Christian Dior sunglasses worth £250.

Last week police issued a warning to Land Rover owners after several thefts in this area, urging them to be extra vigilant, ensure vehicles were secure and emptied of property when left unattended, and that immobilisers and other security devices were activated.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact PC Ian Ruff at West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 quoting incident 311-s-060111 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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