Slidell police nab puppy thief after unrelated traffic stop _lowres

Surveillance photos -- Suspect in Toy Poodle theft, left, and the vehicle the suspect used to flee the Double M Feed Store in Slidell, La., May 25, 2015.

A woman stole an 8-week-old puppy from Double M Feed Store in Slidell on Monday and fled in a two-door, maroon-colored Toyota sedan.

Slidell Police are actively investigating the dog-napping and are asking anyone with information to call at 985-643-3131.

The woman entered the story Monday afternoon and showed interest in the pets and other merchandise for sale, according to Capt. Nicky Mistretta. But when the employee who helped her became distracted by another customer, she snatched the apricot-colored toy poodle from its kennel, concealed it in her purse and fled.

The suspect, who was photographed by surveillance cameras, is being described by police as in her early 20s, wearing a plaid shirt and shorts.

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