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A family is reeling today after their six month old puppy Molly was stolen early Sunday evening from outside London Drugs in the Port Place Mall.

The dog a, mix of Rottweiler, Shepard and Labrador had been tied to a bench at 5:30 pm by a family member and when checked on at 5:45 pm, Molly was gone. The owner immediately reported it to the RCMP and advised mall security, which later provided a picture of the thief.

The suspect male is white, 25-35 years old, wearing a black muscle shirt, blue jeans and a white and black bandana around his neck. He has many tattoos and was riding a very noticeable neon green mountain bike.

The puppy wore a red collar and a tag with the name of Molly.

If you have information of the man or the location of the puppy, call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.