A couple from Great Brickhill have been left devastated after a burglar entered their house and stole their beloved pet Chihuahua.
Peter and Patrice Critchley returned to their home at Three Locks Golf Course to find the back door had been left slightly ajar.
And instead of being greeted by three-year-old Chihuahua Tia, there was no trace of her anywhere in the house.
“It’s been awful, she was a big part of our lives and she would have done anything to avoid being taken,” said Patrice.
“Even when we’ve gone away on holiday she’s hated being left and it’s taken her months to get over it.”
The couple believe a thief passed through the back door of their house to steal the dog, between 10.30am and 11.30am on Wednesday, December 9.
Patrice added that besides Tia, nothing else was taken from the house.
She added: “It’s horrible, our Christmas has been ruined by this.”
The incident has been reported to the police and publicised on social media.
Det Con Stephanie Macleod, of CID at Aylesbury police station, said: “Incidents like this are quite unusual and have a significant impact on victims.
“I’d like to hear from anyone who may have seen anything at the time or has information about the stolen dog Tia.”
> Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Stephanie Macleod via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.