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Search conducted in puppy theft case (Updated)
This story was originally published on Oct. 17 at 5:45 p.m.
Detectives from the Plano Police Department searched a McKinney residence Tuesday in connection with the theft of nine puppies earlier this month at Petland stores in Frisco and Plano.
The search was conducted in the 200 block of Wilson Street, just south of downtown McKinney. While no puppies were recovered, detectives were able to recover evidence, said Officer David Tilley of the Plano Police Department.
Darrell Wayne Ramirez, 27, lives at the residence and is considered a person of interest in the case, Tilley said.
"We believe the dogs have been given away or sold," Tilley said. "We want people who may have bought the breeds in question in the last few weeks from sources other than pet stores to take their dogs to a veterinary clinic since the dogs are chipped."
Tilley said the dogs will show up as stolen when they are scanned, but he is not sure what will happen if a stolen dog shows up a clinic. He said it is possible the dog will be held as evidence or that they will be returned to Petland since they are still owned by the company.
If the people who bought the dogs did so without knowledge they were stolen, they will likely not face charges, Tilley said.
The affidavit that accompanied the search warrant said officers from the McKinney Police Department received information from two different sources that Ramirez was responsible for the theft of the puppies. This information was passed on to Plano detectives, who conducted the search.
The dogs taken from the stores include a dachshund, a beagle, a shih tzu, three English bulldogs, a soft-coated Wheaten terrier, a shih-poo (shih tzu and poodle cross) and a Boglen terrier (beagle and Boston terrier cross).
Anyone with information on the case should contact Plano PD at 972-941-2148.