Pit bull puppies stolen from Volusia County home found safe

Woman in bathing suit accused of taking dogs

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Volusia County deputies said they have found four puppies Tuesday afternoon that were stolen the day before from a backyard.

Earlier on Tuesday, deputies said they were looking for a woman who was wearing a bathing suit when she stole four pit bull puppies from a back yard.

The owner called authorities around 8:30 p.m. Monday to report someone had taken the blue nose pit bull pups from his home on East Gardenia Drive, according to a news release.

A neighbor's security camera footage showed a woman with dark hair running through the yard around 5:41 p.m., deputies said. A witness said the woman had red hair that was in a ponytail and she was wearing a bathing suit.

Officials said the surveillance footage also showed a black, older-model, two-door Honda Civic that appeared to be the suspect vehicle.

Deputies said the puppies were later found safe in Lake Helen in good condition.

"The person who had them is not in custody at this time and is cooperating with detectives," officials with the Sheriff's Office said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Volusia County Sheriff's Office at 386-668-3830.

The investigation is ongoing.

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