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Puppies stolen while owner sleeps

A VULNERABLE man was left devastated after four puppies were stolen from his home while he slept.

Thieves broke into the home of Steven Hogan as he lay asleep and let themselves out of the front door with the four Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Mr Hogan suffers from epilepsy and the stress of the theft, he believes, caused him to suffer a series of seizures.

Mr Hogan, 28, from Bowthorpe, Norfolk said: ‘I've lost everything and I'm left with a dog that's given everything to her puppies and I've got nothing left to show for it. It's been difficult to accept because I was even going to keep one myself and then find three good homes for the others.’
Mr Hogan has three other Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Talula, Bruser and Britney and relies on them for the companionship they bring.

The six-week-old puppies were stolen between 1am and 10am on Thursday, August 30. The thieves broke into a bedroom and neatly replaced the front door key on a table before they wiped their fingerprints away with a flannel and left with the puppies. Two of the puppies were a blue colour, one was brown and another was a sandy blue colour.

Det Con Mick Andrews of Essex police, said: ‘It may well have taken more than one person with a vehicle to steal these four puppies so I appeal to anyone who saw anything in this area on the morning in question to contact me. It is likely these dogs were stolen to order. I would also be keen to speak to anyone who has been offered a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy for sale under suspicious circumstances.’