OCALA, Fla. -

Marion County deputies are searching for the culprit they say stole 17 pit bull puppies from an Ocala back yard on Monday evening.

Deputies said the theft was reported from a back yard at NW 49th Avenue between 8 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., when one of the owners left to get dinner.

Seventeen dogs, including two adult female pit bulls and 15 puppies between 3 and 4 weeks old, were stolen from locked cages in the backyard.

The owner said she saw a burgundy car outside of the house before she left for dinner, but didn't think anything of it, according to the report.

Contact Marion County Sheriff's Office if you have any information on the theft.