Puppy thief strikes Sioux Falls pet store in late-night raid

A man broke in and took a boxer pup — and nothing else — at 2:30 in the morning.

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Two boxer puppies bred by Kari Grotewold of Larchwood, Iowa. They are similiar to a puppy that was stolen from a Sioux Falls pet store on Jan. 5.
Contributed / Kari Grotewold

SIOUX FALLS — A man broke into a Sioux Falls pet store last week and stole a boxer puppy.

That’s it.

No food. No collar. No squeaky toys.

“They were able to somehow get their way into the building, took the puppy and ended up leaving,” said police department spokesman Sam Clemens.

The theft occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, in the 3500 block of West 49th Street.


Security cameras captured the incident but the man has not been identified, said Clemens.

“It was inside a cage. The guy went to the cage, removed the dog and then left,” he said.

The puppy was described as black and tan with white markings.

Boxers are one of the most popular dogs in America.

Prices for pure-bred puppies start at about $800 but can go as high as $2,000 depending on several factors, including their coat, said Kari Grotewold, an AKC registered breeder in Larchwood, Iowa.

Grotewold said she heard about the puppy napper and thought, “You gotta be kidding me.”

“First of all we just in shock and then kind of irritated,” she said. “That takes a lot of nerve.”

She said it’s difficult to imagine a situation that leads to stealing a puppy.


“It’s hard to ponder what the situation would be that you would go that route,” she said. “Buddy, do whatever but don’t do that.”

Patrick Lalley is the engagement editor and reporter for Sioux Falls Live. Reach him at
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