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Puppy sale goes wrong in King parking lot, 2 men wanted for attempted theft

The victim from Barrie had arranged to meet the men in the commuter lot at highways 400 and 9 on Wednesday afternoon
York Regional Police cruiser
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Investigators with the #1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau are seeking witnesses and two suspects following the attempted theft of a puppy from a commuter parking lot in the Township of King.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, at approximately 4 p.m., York Regional Police were called to a commuter parking lot at Highway 400 and Highway 9 for a report of attempted theft. When officers arrived they found the victim, a 54-year-old female from the City of Barrie, and her puppy, who were not injured.

Investigators learned that the victim had advertised two puppies for sale online. She had arranged to meet potential buyers in the commuter lot. After the sale of one of the puppies without incident, two men approached the victim driving an older model white Honda Civic. One of the men assaulted the victim, grabbed the puppy, who was in a carrier, and attempted to flee. The victim chased the suspects who eventually threw the puppy out the window of the vehicle and drove away.

Investigators are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and witnessed the incident or anyone with a dashcam to please come forward.

Suspect 1:

  • Male, South Asian
  • Approximately 20 years
  • 5’8”
  • Wearing a black face mask, black scarf and green track pants

Suspect 2: 

  • Male, South Asian
  • Wearing a face mask

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7142 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips or leave an anonymous tip online at