MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Three burglars broke into a trendy South Beach pet store and snatched two teacup-size Yorkshire terrier puppies, valued at $2,500 each, in a heist caught on video, police said Friday.
Alex Herrero, owner of Pets on South Beach, said the thieves used a concrete block to bash in the front door early Wednesday and appeared to know exactly where to find the puppies.
Police said that was because they had cased the store a few days earlier and were caught on surveillance video during that visit, too.
No immediate arrests were made.
"I feel bad for these puppies, because they are very sensitive," Herrero said Friday. "The people who stole them to make money are not going to worry about how to care for them, which they can easily die."
Surveillance video of the heist showed a white SUV backed up close to the store as two of the men rushed straight to the rear, where the high-priced puppies were in a display window. In a matter of minutes, the men walked away with male and female purebreds.
Herrero showed the police another video of what appeared to be the same men visiting the shop during store hours Monday with their eyes set on the puppies. The video showed one of the men playing with a dog, and a clerk warning the man after he had slipped through the marked "employees-only" door to get a closer look.
"They came a few days ago and cased out the store," police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said. "They figured out where the merchandise was. They found out specifically what room they were in, how to open the cage."