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2 charged after allegedly stealing 7 puppies from Oshawa apartment

Last Updated Oct 29, 2020 at 2:53 pm EST

Durham police say three out of seven allegedly stolen puppies were found in an apartment in Pickering after being taken from a home in Oshawa. HANDOUT/Durham Regional Police Service.

Durham police say two people are facing charges after allegedly stealing seven puppies from an apartment in Oshawa.

Police say a woman reported a break-in at her apartment unit on Pentland Street on Sept. 18.

She alleged seven bull mastiff puppies, who were just two-and-a-half-weeks old at the time, were stolen from the home.

Officers executed a search warrant on an address at Anton Square in Pickering as part of the investigation and found three puppies. Police say they think the other four were sold.

The suspects were arrested a short distance away from the home on Wednesday.

Sophia Pipapaharan, 26 and Dananjeyan Uthayakumar, 20, both from Pickering are facing charges of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Uthayakumar was held for a bail hearing and Pipapaharan was released on an undertaking.

With files from The Canadian Press