Wednesday, March 15, 2023

PGPD Releases Video of Dog Theft in District Heights

Update March 20, 2023: Canela is back with her family! Prelim: someone recently dropped off the dog at a pet store on Donnell Drive. An employee contacted police. Investigation into theft continues. Thank you all for sharing this story.

The Westphalia Division VIII Investigative Section today released video of the suspect who stole a dog recently from outside of a District Heights home. The dog is a five-year-old female Dachshund breed named Canela.


This theft occurred on March 6, 2023, at approximately 5:35 am, in the 6200 block of Foster Street in the unincorporated section of District Heights. In the video, the female suspect is seen coming onto the porch of the home and approaching the dog. She ultimately takes the dog. A second suspect is believed to be involved in the theft.

If you recognize this suspect or have any information on Canela’s whereabouts, please call 301-516-5230 and refer to case number 23-0013648.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device. 

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