Police are appealing for information after a dog was stolen from St Austell yesterday morning.
A six-month-old Labradoodle called Waffle was taken while being walked by his female owner in the Belmont Road area at around 7 am.
A male approached the owner and threatened her with what she believed was a knife.
The suspect is described as being around 5ft 8in tall, was wearing a black, hooded top and scarf and spoke with a foreign accent.
Officers have been checking local CCTV and making enquiries into the theft of Waffle.
Police Sergeant Steve White said: “The family of Waffle are very distraught and upset at the callous theft of their pet dog.
“I and all of the officers at the police station dealing with this crime also feel very sad for the family over what is a cruel and mean-spirited crime, especially during the Christmas period. I am sure that someone, somewhere knows of a friend, relative or neighbour that has suddenly come into possession of a dog that may be Waffle. Please contact us if you have any suspicions, as Waffle should be with his real family this Christmas.”
Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 or email email@example.com, quoting log number 0116 231219.
Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111, or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org