Hunt for woman 'who snatched French Bulldog puppy' named Bella when family left her in designated dog area at British car museum 'for five minutes'

Mail Online | 4/9/2018 | Charlie Bayliss For Mailonline
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Police have released a CCTV image of a woman wanted in connection to the theft of a puppy outside a museum last weekend.

French bulldog Bella was snatched in the designated dog area at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire last Sunday.

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Abbey Joiner, who owns the dog, said a witness saw the dog 'being carried away by a scruffy-looking couple and a teenager' and revealed she missed the thieves by just three minutes.

Hampshire Constabulary said they were investigating the theft and have released a CCTV image of a woman holding a dog.

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A spokeswoman said: 'Officers investigating the theft of a dog from the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu have issued CCTV of a woman they would like to speak to.

'The French bulldog was stolen while she was tied up outside the motor museum between 3pm and 3.20pm on Sunday, 1 April.

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'The woman in the CCTV may be able to assist with the ongoing investigation.

'If you recognise the woman, or you have any information about the theft, please call Hampshire Constabulary.'

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The Joiner family have spoken of the 'heartbreak' their eight-year-old daughter Imogen who not 'cries herself to sleep every night' after their five-month-old puppy was taken just five minutes after their arrival at the museum.

Mrs Joiner and her partner Peter said their daughter now 'takes Bella's teddy bear to bed with her' following the incident.

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The young family, from Herne Bay, Kent, were on holiday in Hampshire's picturesque New Forest when they decided to visit the museum, renowned for its stunning collection of cars.

Mr and Mrs Joiner said they had seen the dog park advertised on the Hampshire museum's website, and they tied up the tan-and-black Bella before entering.

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