Suspected Richmond puppy nabber’s brother arrested after third dog found safe

Posted at 4:58 PM, Dec 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-22 18:25:00-05

RICHMOND, Va. --The brother of a man arrested last week for the robbery of six pit bull puppies earlier this month has also been charged in connection with the case.

Richmond police said 20-year-old Corey T. Oliver,  of the 3500 block of Maryland Avenue was arrested last Thursday and charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Possession of Marijuana. The arrest came after officers searched a home in the 5700 block of Westower Drive and discovered a third missing puppy.

Corey Oliver is the brother of 21-year-old Tion T. Oliver, of the 3500 Maryland Avenue, who was arrested last Tuesday and charged with Robbery and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.

Corey Oliver and Tion T. Oliver

Corey Oliver and Tion T. Oliver

The robbery happened when a male and two females went to the 1900 block of Chelsea Street on Wednesday, Dec. 10 around 4:15 p.m.  to meet a prospective buyer of their seven pit bull puppies after they had made contact with the buyer on Craigslist.  [READ: Gunmen steal pit bull puppies after family posts ad on Craigslist]

That's where police said Tion Oliver met the three, pulled out a gun and stole the puppies. Oliver fired a shot during the incident, but no one was injured.

Additionally, detectives arrested one juvenile male in connection with the incident and recovered the first of the missing dogs at that time. He has been charged with possession of stolen property. A second dog was recovered a few days later.

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

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

Detectives ask anyone with any information to call First Precinct Detective Brian Taylor at 804-646-0689 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.