PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. — Dog owners in southern Illinois are watching for fake animal control officers who are believed to have stolen purebred dogs out of people’s back yards.
Perry CountySheriff Steve Bareis says a pair of men are stealing dogs as they drive in a white pick up truck and act like animal control officers.“They’ve been taken out of fenced areas and so forth, they’re basically patrolling during the day for them and they seem to be coming back at night or making sure people are gone and taking them at that time,” Bareis said.
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Bareis adds that at least twice the thieves were scared off by owners, but they’re also likely to keep trying to take the dogs until they’re caught. Five dogs have been stolen in Perry, Randolph and Washington counties. Bareis said he suspects the stolen dogs have already been sold, since some are worth thousands of dollars. Police are asking anyone with information to call the sheriff’s office. ~
A Jacksonville woman is pleading for help in finding her family’s dog that she said was stolen during a burglary. Benita Clarity said she believes thieves climbed into her Jacksonville home through a bathroom window on Friday. She said the family’s 3-month-old puppy, Bentley, was stolen along with hundreds of dollars of personal items.Clarity said the thieves used a garbage bag to get way with a load of household goods.