EARL TOWNSHIP, PA (Lancaster County) – A Hunterdon County duo was charged for allegedly stealing six golden retriever puppies worth about $5,000, police said.
On Saturday, March 21, at around 10:13 p.m. New Holland Police responded to a residence in the 600 Block of Maple Grove Road, located in Earl Township, for suspicious activity, police said.
It was reported that there were two people possibly trying to gain access to his residence and that they may be there to steal puppies that he had for sale, police said.
Responding officers observed a suspicious vehicle parked up the street from the residence and stopped to investigate. The vehicle was occupied by Jennifer Goldthwaite, 41, of Flemington and a man later walked up to the vehicle and he identified himself as Christopher Gordon, 20, of Flemington, who was also the driver, police said.
According to police, neither of their stories matched as to why they were at that particular place so late. The person who called police positively identified the duo as people that had come to look at his French Bulldog puppies earlier in the day. Officers then took the them in custody, police said.
Officers later looked through the windows of the vehicle they had been operating and discovered a box with 6 Golden Retriever puppies in it, police said.
Goldthwaite and Gordon would not say where the puppies had come from and Goldthwaite stated that they belonged to her, police said.
With the assistance of Ephrata Police, East Earl Police and Pennsylvania State Police, all places that advertised Golden Retriever’s for sale in the area were checked to see if any had been stolen, police said.
Several hours later, with the assistance of Ephrata Police Detectives, New Holland police were able to locate a general area from where the puppies had been stolen, police said.
The owner of the puppies was eventually located and had not even realized that the two had stolen the puppies, but stated that Goldthwaite and Gordon had been out earlier inquiring about them, police said.
The puppies were returned to the owner and the value of the puppies came to just under $5,000, police said.
Goldthwaite and Gordon were each charged with one count of burglary, one count of theft by unlawful taking, and two counts of conspiracy. Both were transported to Lancaster County Central Booking to await arraignment, police said.
Bail was set for each at $25,000 unsecured and they were released, police said.