LAS VEGAS -- 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 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.
"The way it looked on camera, it looked like they definitely knew, they've been here," King said. "So we have footage for 31 days, 28 cameras, we got great footage and a lot of faces, so we saw a lot and the police have it. The main thing is that this is family and it's like someone coming in your house and taking a dog."
Even with the video showing the thieves' faces, King said the birds have to be found soon or they might not survive. One of the birds was being rehabilitated and needs medical attention.
King said the thieves knew exactly what they were looking for with exotic birds, ranging in price from $800 to more than $2,000, were stuffed into a blue bucket and carried away in the middle of the night.
King's worried about his animals and said the birds are his family pets, and weren't for sale. He added the exotic birds won't survive in the cold weather either.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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