Police are on the hunt for dognappers in B.C. They're now asking the public for help after an 11-year-old Yorkie was stolen from her own backyard. Burnaby RCMP is attempting to identify two individuals who are thought to be the suspects.
On the afternoon of Monday, August 10, a Yorkshire terrier named Lucy was left outside tied to a harness in her family's yard on Berwick Street.
According to the police, two men approached the property driving a newer black Jaguar sedan.
They then exited the vehicle and entered the yard where Lucy was. After being released from her harness, Lucy was chased down the street by the two unknown individuals.
RCMP have stated that a nearby resident saw the dog being chased by the two suspects and she offered to help. One of the men told the resident that the dog belonged to them.
Burnaby RCMP have released a video of the incident.
In the clip, you can see Lucy trying to run home and back into her yard.
The two men chase the dog around the house several times before they eventually catch up to her and take her back to the Jaguar sedan.
Another camera angle shows Lucy in her backyard running up to the door. Again, you see the two men chasing after her trying to catch her.
The next day, on Tuesday, August 11, an unidentified man was holding a small dog and approached an RCMP officer.
The man told the officer he was on his way to work when he found a dog with no collar or tags.
The officer took the dog and notified the SPCA. It was later discovered to be Lucy who officers have now nicknamed “Tank.”
Eventually, her owners were notified and she was taken home.
RCMP are now looking to identify the two men who are responsible and they have released a brief description of what they look like.
Suspect one is the driver. He is thought to be a South Asian man anywhere from five-foot-ten to six feet tall.
He has a medium, muscular build and medium-length sized black hair.
During the incident, he was wearing a long-sleeved grey shirt, dark pants, white running shoes, and aviator sunglasses. He's thought to be anywhere from 25 to 30-years-old.
The second suspect is believed to also be South Asian of the same height.
He has a thin build, black sunglasses, and black running shoes. He's also believed to be anywhere from 25 to 30-years-old.
“We are very happy to see Lucy reunited with her family,” says Corporal Mike Kalanj of the Burnaby RCMP in a press release.
“However, this investigation is not over and we are seeking our community’s assistance in identifying these two individuals.”