A group of masked men smashed windows at a house and stole a puppy in a break-in.
Police were called to Vickers Street at around 12am this morning (Tuesday 11 May 2021) after the men, who were reported to have been in possession of metal bars, forced their way into the house and assaulted a person,
The men threatened the people inside the house before they stole a bulldog puppy estimated to be worth £3,000.
They are then believed to have fled the area in a silver Jeep Cherokee.
Detectives are making enquiries and police are now appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard something suspicious to get in contact as soon as possible.
No one was seriously injured in the incident, however police are now working hard to establish the whereabouts of the offenders and the young dog.
Detective Sergeant Jackie Price is leading the investigation into the incident, she said: “This is a serious incident that will have undoubtedly been terrifying for the people in the house.
“The group’s brutish behaviour will have caused a lot of noise in the local area and we are asking for anyone who may have heard or seen something suspicious at the time to come forward.
“Any information you have, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, could go a long way to helping us solve who did this and finding the stolen puppy.”
Anyone who saw the incident or has any information that could aid detectives in their investigation should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 927 of 10 May 2021.
The incident comes as the force recently appointed a specialist lead in dog theft in order to take a strategic overview of dog thefts in Nottinghamshire, analysing trends, coordinating resources and working alongside partners to prevent and detect this type of crime.
Chief Inspector Amy Styles-Jones performs the role alongside a number of other duties and responsibilities within the force.
Her role also involves working with officers, partners and other forces to establish best practices in investigating this type of crime and work out how processes can be improved.
Ch Insp Styles-Jones said: “I understand how concerning dog theft is for people. As a dog owner myself I know it is an emotive issue and that you want to feel safe walking your dog or whilst at home or in your garden with your pets.
“I understand that for many people your dogs are part of your family and Nottinghamshire Police understands that as well which is why we are the first force in the country to appoint a lead for this type of crime.
“I want to reassure people that if you want to report any concerns about your dogs being stolen we will take that seriously.
“I also want to make it clear to anybody involved in dog theft or the mistreatment of animals that it will not be tolerated.”