By Christopher Collette
Photo: A 10-month old pit bull (right) was stolen from Pinellas County Animal Services. At left, the suspects’ vehicle.
Largo, Florida — Detectives are looking for a man and a woman who stole a 10-month-old pit bull pup from an Animal Control facility.
The dog theft happened the night of June 2nd at the Pinellas County Animal Services in Largo.
Investigators say surveillance video shows the dog, named Danger, dropped off at about 10:10 p.m. About 20 minutes later, a late 1990s to 2002 model white Ford Taurus pulled up to the site.
A white female with brown shoulder length hair wearing a dark colored dress stepped out of the vehicle and walked up to the shelter. A white male with a stocky build, wearing a white t-shirt and black shorts then exited the passenger side of the car and also went into the shelter. The two remained inside the shelter for a time, and then returned to the car and left.
Deputies say that at 11:07 p.m. the same vehicle returned to the location. The male suspect exited the vehicle, this time wearing a black t-shirt. The male entered the shelter and a short while later, he is seen leaving the shelter with the dog.
The door of the cage Danger had been in was bent, and its lock broken.
Detectives say Danger was dropped off at the shelter initially by the his owner’s landlord, who thought the dog had been abandoned in the backyard of the home.
When the dog owner, identified as 30-year-old Angelique M. Allaire, returned home, she discovered the dog was missing. Her landlord informed her that he had taken Danger to the Animal Services drop-off site. When she went to the site the following morning, Animal Services had already reported the theft.
Anyone with information that may assist detectives in this case is asked to contact Detective Ward Snyder of the Sheriff’s Burglary and Pawn Unit at 727-582-6200; or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1800-873-TIPS.