LAKE SAINT LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Three designer puppies stolen last week from three different pet stores have been returned after a mysterious man dropped them off at a Petland in Lake St. Louis on Sunday.
Authorities say the thefts started last week, when a woman walked off with a Maltese puppy from a Lake St. Louis pet store. The next day a very similar-looking woman did the same thing at two Petland stores in the Chicago suburbs — one in Bolingbrook, and one in Naperville. There she made off with a Maltese and a Havanese after convincing employees to let her handle the dogs. She allegedly put them in her purse and left.
On Sunday, all three puppies were returned. Lake St. Louis Petland co-owner Tom Killmade said surveillance video from the store showed a man stopping a passerby who was entering the store, and asking him to take the kennel inside the store. The man who gave the passerby the kennel then walked away.
All three puppies were unharmed. Killmade said the 8-week Maltese originally stolen from his location will be sold just like a normal puppy in their store, but all the proceeds will be donated.
“We’re actually donating the profits of that Maltese puppy to Missouri’s Make a Wish Foundation just to sort of pay it forward,” he said.
The three dogs are worth nearly $6,000.