Police in North Yorkshire have urged the public not to consider taking matters into their own hands after a dog walker was hurt during an attempt to steal his pet in Pickering.
Officers are investigating the attempted robbery which happened at 7.15pm on Monday (1 March 2021) on Pluntrain Dale Lane in the town.
An unknown male suspect approached a dog walker and tried to snatch the animal from him.
The dog walker sustained minor injuries.
Officers are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
Suspect was dressed in black
A police spokesperson said: “In particular, we are appealing for information about any people or vehicles seen acting suspiciously in and around the area at this time.
The suspect is described male, 6ft tall and of skinny build, with a Yorkshire / Cleveland accent. He was wearing all black clothing with a long-sleeved top with holes cut out for the thumbs.
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Chris Hudson.
You can also email [email protected]
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12210069450.
Do not take matters into your own hands
The spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police added:
“Officers are reassuring members of the public that this appears to have been an isolated incident, and dog thefts in North Yorkshire are very rare.
However, it has come to our attention that a number of people are expressing concerns regarding dog thefts, and have commented on social media regarding carrying weapons whilst outside of their home.
We want to reassure our communities that North Yorkshire is not suffering from a spate of dog thefts, and is one of the safest places to live in England.
People must not carry weapons on our streets as not only do they run the risk of seriously injuring themselves or others, it is against the law.”