Perpetrators purloin purse, pilfer puppy in Bethesda and Rockville -- Gazette.Net


Two people swiped a woman’s purse from her car in a church parking lot and used her credit card to buy a Yorkshire terrier puppy at the Just Puppies store in Rockville, Montgomery County police reported Friday.

The victim of the theft, which took place Aug. 11, is a 60-year-old woman who was attending services at the time at St. Jane Frances de Chantel Catholic Church on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, police said.

Less than two hours later, the two thieves — a man and a woman — used one of the victim’s credit cards to buy the 3-month-old puppy at the Twinbrook Shopping Center store.

The female used a fake driver’s license during the transaction.

Police on Friday released video footage of the pair in the store. It can be seen at

This isn’t the first time thieves have targeted the puppy vendor. In April, a woman walked out the door after stuffing a $1,000 Maltese puppy into her purse.

Yorkshire terriers cost about $950, according to the Just Puppies website. No one at the store could be reached for comment.

Because the original theft took place in Bethesda, county — rather than Rockville — police are investigating, said Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti, a county police spokeswoman.

The thieves continued their spree at the Nordstrom department store at the Montgomery mall in Bethesda, charging $4,100 worth of clothing to the victim’s credit card. They also were caught on tape at this store; the male can be seen shopping while holding the puppy.

Anyone with information about this case or the thieves is asked to call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 866-411-8477 or leave a Crime Solvers tip at this website:

Crime Solvers will pay a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime. Tipsters will remain anonymous.