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Fake animal control officers stealing dogs

Fake animal control officers have made off with dogs, and a sheriff is advising owners to be ware of their presence in his area. (Source: KMOV/CNN) Fake animal control officers have made off with dogs, and a sheriff is advising owners to be ware of their presence in his area. (Source: KMOV/CNN)

PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KMOV/CNN) - Some dog thieves in Illinois have come up with a nasty scheme to get hold of expensive canines.

They pose as animal control officers before they go after purebreds.

The Perry County Sheriff says the pair of thieves are  driving in a white pick-up truck.

"They've been taken out of fenced areas and so forth," said Sheriff Steve Bareis. "They're basically patrolling during the day for them, and they seem to be coming back at night or making sure people are gone and taking them at that time."

So far the sheriff says three dogs have been taken in Perry County and at least two more in neighboring Randolph and Washington counties and they're snatching purebreds.

The sheriff adds that at least twice the thieves were scared off by owners, but they're also likely to keep trying to take the dogs until they're caught.

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