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13 Stolen Puppies Rescued, 4 People Arrested

The puppies were recovered in a Lake Avenue apartment

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    Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, say 13 puppies stolen from a pet store Tuesday morning have been recovered and four people have been arrested in connection with the incident. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014)

    Thirteen puppies were ripped out of a Manchester pet store overnight and later found inside an apartment not too far away. Police say four teenagers are responsible.

    The thirteen tiny little faces were sound asleep when our cameras were rolling by early Tuesday afternoon.

    "They're tuckered out," said the owner of Bill's Pet and Aquarium, William Sturgeon.

    It's because they had quite an adventurous night.

    Police say it was about 6:50 a.m. when a passerby called to report smashed windows at the pet store on Hanover Street.

    "There was glass everywhere," Sturegon explained. "I was afraid they were already over state lines getting ready to be posted on Craigslist."

    Within an hour, police came across a group of teens walking down the street holding a Shar Pei and a Chocolate Lab. They confronted the teens who tried to run.

    The four people arrested were Victor Morina, 17, Samara Massey, 18, Curtis Massey, 17, and Ian Forsberg, 17, all of Manchester.

    Morina was charged with receiving stolen property, resisting arrest/detention and violation of bail conditions stemming from an arrest in August of 2014. Samara Massey is charged with receiving stolen property. Curtis Massey was charged with receiving stolen property and violation of bail stemming from a Dec. 7 arrest. He is also being held on a contempt of court charge out of Marlborough. Forsberg is charged with receiving stolen property and resisting arrest/detention.

    Police then found the dogs, worth about $5,000, unharmed at one of the suspects' grandmother's house on Lake Avenue.

    "They were all stuck in one room in a bathroom," Sturgeon said. "It's terrible."

    The four teens face felony theft charges.

    Meanwhile, the pups are settling back in and waiting for the right person to come and take them home - legally.

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