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Purebred puppies stolen from Melrose Houses

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Police are searching for a man who allegedly stole two purebred puppies worth thousands of dollars from a NYCHA complex in Melrose.

Police say that Dequan Hampton is wanted for grand larceny.

Angelique Negroni-Kearse, the puppies’ owner, tells News 12 the 3-month old Yorkshire terriers are part of a litter of six that she put up for sale.

The stolen puppies were the only two that were not sold.

Negroni-Kearse says that she knows who took them.

She says a family friend offered to sell the puppies for $50, but he skipped out of the deal and stole them from her apartment at the Melrose Houses.

According to the owner, the male puppy is worth around $1,500 and the female is worth around $2,500.

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