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SHARE! Suspected Richmond puppy nabber turns himself in, but 4 pups still missing

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Posted at 10:15 PM, Dec 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-16 23:17:22-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Hours after Richmond police named  Tion L. Oliver a suspect in the armed robbery of six puppies last week, officials said he has turned himself in Tuesday.

Oliver, of the 3500 block of Maryland Avenue, faces robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony charges.

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Officers told CBS 6 that a second puppy has been located but that they are still searching for four missing canines.

Detectives also arrested a juvenile male in connection with the incident and also recovered one of the dogs. He has been charged with possession of stolen property.

The puppies are about six weeks old and colored gray and brindled (gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots).

The first puppy who was recovered was returned to the sellers – who have elected not to sell him -- and named him, "Lucky."

Police are urging those with knowledge of the remaining puppies' whereabouts to come forward.

The robbery happened when a couple went to the 1900 block of Chelsea Street last Wednesday around 4:15 p.m.  to meet a prospective buyer of their seven pit bull puppies.

The man and woman had made contact with the buyer on Craigslist.  [READ: Gunmen steal pit bull puppies after family posts ad on Craigslist]

Police said Oliver met the three, brandished a firearm and stole the puppies. Oliver fired a shot during the incident. No one was injured.

Oliver is being held at the Richmond jail.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this incident or the puppies' whereabouts, to call First Precinct Detective Brian Taylor at 804-646-0689 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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