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DECATUR — A Decatur man returned home to find burglars had stolen his television, his video game players and his tiny pet dog, Jax.

Police reports say the house in the 600 block of South Jasper Street was broken into by prying open the front door sometime between 7 a.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday. The burglars helped themselves to a 26-inch LCD-DVD combo television, along with Xbox and PlayStation game systems and probably didn’t have much trouble scooping up Jax, who is a “teacup” Yorkshire terrier breed and very small.

Websites advertising the dogs for sale show them sitting in the palm of a hand but they can command big prices: some pups sell for more than $2,000. Sgt. Josh Sheets said he has come across cases where bigger breeds of certain dogs having been stolen, such as pit bulls, which are popular for use in illegal dog fighting, but the theft of a tiny dog like Jax was unusual.

“We don’t have a lot of cases where people break into houses and steal pets like this that I am aware of,” Sheets said. He said the forced front door was left open but didn’t think it likely the homeowner’s pet had simply wandered off. “If it’s a house dog, it probably would not go anywhere,” he said. “It’s more likely someone took it.”

Police have no suspects in the case and would like to hear from anyone with information about the crime, or the whereabouts of Jax. Call 424-2711.

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