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Stolen puppies recovered

N-Stolen-puppies1Seven pit bull puppies are home safe again after being stolen from a Sparta Township home Labor Day weekend.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Linda and Timothy Driscoll were caring for seven 6-week old pit bull puppies belonging to their son, Shane Griffin, when they were stolen last week. Griffin was out of town, and the puppies were being kept in a chain-link fence behind Griffin’s home on Phelps Avenue, in Sparta Township. The Driscoll’s live next door.

Police said that the puppies had been advertised on Craig’s List for sale. Two individuals from Grand Rapids visited Driscoll’s property Labor Day weekend to look at the puppies. The following day, at 2 a.m., the two came back with two more people from Grand Rapids, and cut through the chain link fence to steal the puppies. The puppies were then taken to one of the suspects’ homes in Grand Rapids.

_N-Stolen-puppies2Investigators recovered all seven puppies and returned them to their owner, as well as the mother, 2-1/2 year-old Reba.

The suspects will be charged with a felony, larceny over $1,000, but the case is still currently under investigation and warrants have not yet been issued for arrests. The puppies are valued at $250 each.

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