Thornton police issue arrest warrant for man accused of stealing 6 puppies from pet store


THORNTON, Colo. — An arrest warrant has been issued for a man suspected of stealing six puppies from a pet store in Thornton.

The Thornton Police Department said they have issued an arrest warrant for 35-year-old Joseph Gilbert Martinez, who is currently at-large. He is wanted on charges of burglary, theft, criminal mischief, aggravated motor vehicle theft, and six counts of cruelty to animals, police said.

On Thursday around 10 p.m., Martinez allegedly drove a vehicle through the front of the Pet Ranch, located at 3833 E. 120th Ave. in Thornton, before grabbing the puppies from their cages and taking off with them.

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The puppies have not been located as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

In total, the puppies were valued at nearly $15,000. According to the store, the puppies were all males and multiple breeds, including Shih Tzu, Maltese, and boxer. They are all microchipped.

The store is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect.