Preston Forest Petland Target of Puppy-nappers – Again

For the second time in nearly two months, the Petland store at Preston and Forest has been hit by burglars intent on snatching puppies.

Dallas police reports indicate that the store was hit around 5 a.m. Feb. 18. According to a police spokesperson, the thieves gained entry through the front door of the store.

Petland Dallas said it would offer a $5,000 reward to the person that can provide information to the police about the latest burglary. On its Facebook page, the store said the thieves stole five puppies, but did not give the breed or breeds of those puppies.

On Christmas Eve, burglars also broke in through the store’s front door, stealing multiple bulldog puppies.

But those two incidents aren’t the only two times the store has been the target of thieves. In 2017, a man walked out with a Malti-Tzu puppy. In 2016, a couple engaged in identity theft to obtain a credit card and then used that card to buy a nearly $7,000 French bulldog. The year before, a man walked out of the store with a Siberian husky puppy.

To report information about the Feb. 18 burglary, contact detective Jeff Miller at 214-670-7158 or by email at [email protected] To report information about the Dec. 24 burglary, contact Sara Sheerin at 214-670-7160 or at [email protected], referencing case #228988-2020. 

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at [email protected].

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