A Lincoln man believes some teenagers stole his blue heeler puppy out of his backyard Tuesday in the Capitol Beach neighborhood, a police spokeswoman said.
The 21-year-old man left his 3½-month-old puppy Dierks in his backyard around 7:30 a.m., Officer Angela Sands said.
When he returned at 5:30 p.m., he saw a group of teenagers near his home walking westbound from Northwest 22nd and West O streets with a puppy but wasn't paying close attention, Sands said.
At his home, the gate to his yard was open, and Dierks was missing, he told officers.
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He believed the group had his puppy, but he couldn't find them.
Dierks has a blue collar with white dog bones on it.
Police encourage anyone with information to call the department at 402-441-6000 or Lincoln Crimestoppers at 402-475-3600.
This is one of four stolen dog reports fielded by the department this year.
One case involved a civil dispute over the dog's ownership, and that dog was recovered by the owner, Sands said.
Another case involved strangers who drove by and stole a puppy that was outside, and a third case involved people pretending to be officers when they tried, but failed, to steal a dog.
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