DEERFIELD BEACH (CBS4) – Broward Sheriff’s detectives have arrested two accused dognappers who swiped an expensive puppy from a Deerfield Beach pet store and recovered the puppy as well, however, one suspect remains on the loose.

According to BSO, William Metzger and Jessica Tucker are in custody for the theft which took place Thursday, August 11th at the Petland store, located on 3964 W. Hillsboro Boulevard, just before 7:30 p.m.

Deputies say Metzger, Tucker and a third man, came into the store and asked to see several dogs. When the employee became distracted, one of men left the store holding a male Maltese puppy. Police say the puppy is worth $1,150.

(Credit: BSO) Jessica Tucker (L) and William Metzger (R) are accused of stealing a maltese puppy from a Deerfield Beach Petland store.

The crime was captured on surveillance video.

Metzger and Tucker have been charged with Grand Theft.

Deerfield Beach resident Brian Hargrove says he found the puppy wandering in a park and took it to the BSO Deerfield Beach substation.

“I see the dog wandering the streets and I’m concerned, I coach peewee football, so I brought it here, I’m an honest man.”

Danny Bondar of Petland came to the BSO substation with a scanner and verified that the puppy belonged to the store.

The dog had a microchip for identification.

“He looks in good health but we’ll take him to the vet and see what happens,” said Bondar.

BSO deputies are still looking for the third suspect.

This is the fourth dog theft at this store in three years and the third dog recovery.

If you know anything about the crime, please call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

Comments (4)
  1. Phyliss Myers says:

    Fourth dog stolen at this store. I would think the employees need retraining.

    1. abootnkiki says:

      retraining?how do you stop someone who runs out the door?r u going to be the hero?look @ this guys background under broward county clerk of court and just be happy he wasnt armed

  2. Cindy says:

    They need a buzz lock door, buzz to get in and buzz to get out.
    Also maybe someone standing at the door when people exit..Glad the pup is back!!!

    1. abootnkiki says:

      buzz in and out?person @ the door?if this guy would have had a gun none of that would have made a difference;if someone really wants something they will find a way