Women attacked and pair of pit bulls stolen in ‘targeted’ snatch by two thugs

Women attacked and pair of pit bulls stolen in ‘targeted’ snatch by two thugs

Police have appealed for information after the women were attacked and their pit bull dogs stolen by two men who used Golf GTI getaway car on Monday night in Gairloch, Scotland

Two women were attacked as a pair of pit bull dogs were stolen in what has been described as a targeted ambush.

One of the pets was recovered but the other has yet to be found after running off after the incident at Gairloch in the Scottish Highlands.

The first woman was attacked by a man after the dog was was snatched from an address shortly after 7pm on Monday.

A second woman was set upon while walking her pet shortly afterwards near the village’s harbour.

The two dogs are from the same property and the thefts happened within a short period of time.

The two male suspects left the area in a white Volkswagen Golf GTI, which was later found abandoned on Achany Place, Dingwall, on Monday evening.

One of the dogs was recovered a short distance away, but the other is still missing.

Police believe these specific breed of dogs were targeted by the thieves. Both suspects are white and in their 20s, the force said.

They say one has short, light brown hair and was wearing a black jumper and black shorts.

The other has short brown hair and a slim build.

Detective Inspector Ross Hamill said: “Neither woman suffered any serious injuries during this incident, though they were both left extremely shaken.

“Our inquiries are ongoing and I would urge anyone who may be able to help to come forward.

“Our investigation is at an early stage but it appears this was targeted attack aimed at stealing these dogs and not a random incident.

“The vehicle is believed to have been driven on the A832 and A835 before it was abandoned in Dingwall, so if you have any dashcam footage from the road on Monday evening then please get in touch.