3rd Puppy Recovered, Brothers Arrested in Craigslist Dog Theft

Corey Oliver (left) and tion Oliver (right) have been arrested in connection with a violent puppy theft. The third of 6 dogs has been recovered.

Richmond Police have recovered another stolen pit bull puppy along with guns and drugs.

Last week 8News told you about six pit bull puppies that were stolen at gunpoint after a Craigslist sale went horribly wrong.

Two people showed up to buy the dogs and police say one pulled a gun on the seller demanding the dogs.

The buyers fled and fired a shot when the sellers tried to follow.

Last week Tion Oliver was arrested in connection with the crime.

Corey Oliver (left) and tion Oliver (right) have been arrested in connection with a violent puppy theft. The third of 6 dogs has been recovered.
Corey Oliver (left) and tion Oliver (right) have been arrested in connection with a violent puppy theft. The third of 6 dogs has been recovered.

Over the weekend, Oliver’s brother, Corey, was also arrested.

Three puppies are still missing.

“We would like to get all of them returned safe and sound to their homes,” said Richmond Police Major Scott Booth.  We’re hoping with community help we’re able to recover the other three pups that are still out there.”

The puppy snatching has police issuing a warning for those who buy and sell items online.

“The thing that concerns us the most in the Richmond Police Department are the individual robberies,” said Booth.

The number of those robberies has doubled this year compared to last.

So far, six people robbed in 2014 as part of an online transaction.

“The items are taken through force or in a threatening manner many times with a firearm,” said Booth.

Officers say many of those crimes could have been prevented had buyers and sellers followed some simple advice.

“Meet in a well-lit location or a public place,” said Booth.  “Make sure you know the area that you’re going into and if you don’t know the area, do some research.”

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