Teens steal 13 puppies from pet store, walk them to grandmother’s house

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A beagle puppy finds comfort in the arms of Manchester Police Officer Beau Bernard.
A beagle puppy finds comfort in the arms of Manchester Police Officer Beau Bernard.

13 puppies were stolen from Bill’s Pet & Aquarium on Tuesday. 

MANCHESTER, NH – Four people will be charged with puppy-napping after they smashed their way into a pet shop at East Side Plaza on Dec. 16 and walked away with 13 puppies, police said.

>Related arrest story: 13 puppies = $5,105 and felony charges for 4 alleged puppy thieves

A motorist passing by Bill’s Pet and Aquarium, 893 Hanover Street, at 6:50 a.m. called police to report the front door glass of the pet store was smashed. Bill Sturgeon, the shop owner, told police that 13 puppies were stolen from the shop. A short time later police descended on a home just up the street, 715 Lake Ave., where 13 puppies were recovered safely.

Police said as they were investigating the burglary at the pet shop, a woman from a Lake Avenue residence flagged down an officer and said there were several dogs in her house which weren’t hers.

Neighbor Paul Manning said he woke up to see police chasing teenagers in Stevens Park across the street. He said one of the teens, a female, lives at the residence with her grandmother.

“[The police officer] ran across the road and I heard him yell to the kid, ‘put the dog down,’ and before you know it there was four kids on the ground and a dozen cruisers here,” Manning said. “You don’t mess with the Manchester Police.”

Manning said the teenagers walked the “hot dogs” up the street and into the  house, which is about a seven-minute walk from the pet store, a quarter-mile away.

“The grandmother was sleeping. I guess maybe they thought she wouldn’t notice there were 13 puppies in the house?” Manning said.

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Sgt. Brian O’Keefe said all four people are in custody: Victor Morina, 17; Samara Massey, 18; Curtis Massey, 17; and Ian Forsberg, 17, all of Manchester, NH. All four face felony charges as the total value of the stolen puppies was estimated at $5,105.

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A woman arrived at the residence while police were still inside and said she was looking for her daughter.

“They said they have my daughter in one of these cruisers,” the woman said, who then walked into the lower level of the Lake Street home.

Minutes later, several Manchester Police officers assisted in carrying the puppies out from the home to a waiting Animal Control van.

Police officers scanned the puppies for identification chips before placing them inside the crates.

Officer Beau Bernard was holding a beagle puppy close to his chest. The puppy looked up at Bernard, who was trying to calm the puppy. “Oh, your little heart’s racing, isn’t it?” he said.


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  • Maxim

    I hope these kids meant well and didn’t plan on selling the puppies or something. Considering they sleep in metal grates behind plexiglass, the pups would’ve been lucky to be rescued by these kids. Plus those puppies come from mills, it’s not like the guy that runs the pet store has the dogs best interest in mind anyways. It’s all about profiting off of innocent little critters. If the kids meant well, I give them props for trying to help the little pups.

    • Rick Stefanik

      you are an idiot! you have no idea where the puppies came from and to condone this kind of behavior makes ANY argument you may have invalid!if you are so concerned about the dogs,GO BUY THEM!!!

      • crank

        Check out the guy’s website – the dogs may have been better off with the kids.