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September 2, 2014

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Puppies, birds stolen in Las Vegas pet shop heists

Metro Police are reviewing surveillance videotape and trying to determine whether the same culprits are responsible for the overnight theft of puppies from one Las Vegas pet store and exotic birds and lizards from a business seen on the Animal Planet cable TV series "Tanked."

Officer Laura Meltzer said Monday that four dogs were stolen during the first break-in just before midnight Sunday at Prince and Princess Puppies & Boutique, several miles southwest of the Las Vegas Strip.

Less than 90 minutes later, thieves broke the front door of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing and stole a tropical cockatoo and three macaws.

Store owner Wayde King says the thieves also made off with four bearded dragon lizards.

King's worried about his animals. He says the birds are his family pets, and weren't for sale.

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