Police are looking for witnesses and two suspects after the attempted theft of a puppy from a commuter parking lot in the Township of King on Wednesday, before a separate armed robbery of a puppy later that day.
Around 4 p.m., York police were called to the area of Highway 400 and Highway 9 for a report of an attempted theft.
When officers arrived they found a 54-year-old woman and her puppy — who were not injured.
The woman advertised two dogs for sale online, and arranged to meet the potential buyers.
That’s when police say after the sale of one puppy without incident, the two men approached the woman as she was driving away in an older-model white Honda Civic and assaulted her — then grabbed the other puppy in a carrier and tried to flee.
Police say the victim chased the suspects — who then eventually threw the puppy out the window of the vehicle and drove away.
One suspect is described as a South Asian male, approximately 20 years old, 5’8” in height and wearing a black face mask, black scarf and green track pants.
The second suspect is described as a South Asian male who was wearing a face mask.
Later that day, around 5:00 o’clock, a man went to meet with two potential buyers of two dogs in the Lakeshore Road West and Lorne Park Road area of Mississauga.
That’s when one of the buyers allegedly pulled out a gun and demanded he hand over one of the puppies.
Police say the victim complied out of fear. No injuries were reported.
The first suspect is described as a black male in his late teens to early twenties, around 5’10 with a slim build and was last seen wearing green sweatpants and Balenciaga shoes.
The second suspect is described as a young black male who is also in his late teens to early twenties. He is around 6’0 tall and was last seen wearing a dark grey hoodie.
The puppy is a white nine-week-old maltese poodle.
Police are asking anyone with information, who was in the area at the time, or has dashcam video to come forward.
— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPolice) November 19, 2020