DPD investigating case of 'ferret filching'

Dalton Police Department officials hope to find out the identity of these two people who reportedly shoplifted a ferret from a pet store. 

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying two people who shoplifted a ferret from a pet store last week in Dalton. The ferret-nappers were caught on surveillance video.

The incident happened on Wednesday at the Petland store at 1349 W. Walnut Ave. in the Kroger shopping center. Shortly after 1 p.m., a young man and woman walked into the store and started hanging around the ferret cage. Store employees told police the woman asked to see a credit application for purchasing the ferret, which was valued at approximately $230, but then folded the paper up and put it in her purse and said that her boyfriend was going to take care of the purchase.

After the employees went back about their business, the pair continued to hang out around the ferret cage. At one point the ferret, perhaps sensing it was in danger of being abducted, appeared to bite the woman’s hand. The ferret’s heroic effort to stay in hopes of one day being purchased legally proved futile, however, and moments later the male can be seen on video picking the ferret up and stuffing it into the woman’s bag. The pair then walked out of the store.

The ferret filchers are a white male and a white female. The woman wore a white dress and had blonde hair that was pulled up into a bun, with white shoes, and store employees said she spoke with a speech impediment. The male wore a white T-shirt and black shorts and a black baseball hat with a large green logo. He had a beard.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or has information about this crime is asked to please contact Officer Colten McDaniel at (706) 278-9085, ext. 9593, or by email to cmcdaniel2@daltonga.gov.

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