Pets R' Inn employee point of view in puppy nabbingFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It was a night one Pets R' Inn employee won't soon forget. One minute she thinks it's "puppy" love for prospective owner and animal - the next, they're both gone, vanished in a matter of seconds.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It was a night one Pets R' Inn employee won't soon forget. One minute she thinks it's "puppy" love for prospective owner and animal - the next, they're both gone, vanished in a matter of seconds.
In a follow up to a story we first brought you last night, the store owner and an employee are speaking out, asking for your help.
We showed you the surveillance video Tuesday night. The woman carefully plotting the perfect time to steal this Lhasa Apso, the getaway driver waiting outside.
Tonight, hear what actually happened that day two weeks ago in the employee's words.
Kasey Boman, Pets R’ Inn: “She seemed like just an ordinary person. They come in and just ask to see a dog.”
That wasn't the case. Store employee Kasey Boman describes what happened.
Boman: “We went back this way, into this puppy room and she walked in there and I went this way to get toys in the back, and she walked out straight out right after me.”
Just like that, gone. The woman is described as very petite and in her 30s. The whole thing seems obviously planned. From scoping out the area, to distracting the employee, to the getaway driver waiting out front.
Boman: “I thought she was interested in the dog but obviously she had other intentions.”
Shaun Evanson, Pets R’ Inn Owner: “It reminds me of a bank heist.”
Shaun Evanson is the manager and owner of Pets R' Inn. He doesn't understand this kind of crime.
Evanson: “Unfortunately every once in a while it's bound to happen, as hard as we try for it not too, it just takes that split second.”
It's happened twice before, each time the puppy was returned. But still, Evanson doesn't foresee changing any of the store's policies. He wants to trust the customer.
Evanson: “I doubt if someone steals a puppy, it's not going to be because they fell in love with it and can't afford it. Usually there's a way to make it happen.”
Now the unanswered questions linger, is the dog being cared for? Is he safe? Was he sold? Who is this woman?
Evanson: “We're just local owners that take care of pets and love what we do, and kind of like having someone come into your home basically. We just want the dog back and cared for properly.”
Since the dog is valued at more than $500, the woman and the accomplice could be facing considerable jail time and fines.
Again, if anyone has any information, please call the Fargo Police Department.