MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Memphis Police Department is looking for two men they said stole a pit bull out of his own back yard.
Police said the theft happened on Faxon Avenue Friday when the two men in gray hooded sweatshirts stole a 9-month-old pit bull named Max. Max is dark gray with a white diamond patch on his back.
Max’s owner, Thomas Williams, believes the pup was targeted after a suspicious encounter with the men two weeks prior while out on a walk.
“He's not vicious,” Williams said. “He's playful. He's playful. He's really friendly.”
Williams said Max was returned home late Monday night. However, the suspects have not been captured.
Surveillance cameras around their home captured the duo.
“They threw him a stick, this stick right here, threw this to him and he kind of played with it,” Williams said. “They was (sic) testing him to see if he was violent.”
Williams says the two men preyed on Max’s kindness.
“And they slowly approached him, played with him and they just took him,” Williams said.
Williams made the discovery during a quick trip home Friday to check on Max. On Friday night, Williams' wife and son checked the security cameras and spotted familiar faces -- the same two men he met two weeks earlier while walking Max on North Parkway.
“They followed me from North Parkway back around from my house and approached me and said they had lost their dog, and I said, ‘don’t you know your dog?’” Williams said.
The two suspects are believed to be in a mid-sized cream color four-door sedan.
If you know where the suspects or Max may be, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH. There’s a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.