High-priced pets stolen from "Tanked" reality show

Victoria Spilabotte


High-priced pets stolen from "Tanked" reality show

CREATED Jan. 28, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- You know it from the hit show on Animal Planet called "Tanked," but reality show fame may have made Acrylic Tank Manufacturing a target for thieves. 

"We love our animals here so it kind of hurts," owner Wayde King said. "It's like someone taking your kid."
In the middle of the night on Sunday, King said, he got a call that four of his pet birds were stolen from their cages inside the shop. 
"I just can't believe someone actually ran in here in the middle of the night and stole a bird," King said. He thinks the two male suspects have been to the store before. 
Surveillance video shows one man throwing a rock through the glass door and walking right inside. 
"It appears they knew exactly where they were going and what they were after," marine technician Robert Christlieb said. 
The thieves didn't just take any birds. The animals were rescues like the Gold Macaw named Sapphire who has a missing left claw. King and his employees raised these birds as babies. 
"You can tell the way that they're acting -- they know -- four of their best friends are missing," King said of the employees and other animals in his shop. 
On Sunday night, Las Vegas police also responded to another burglary. This time high-priced puppies were stolen from Prince & Princess on South Rainbow Boulevard.
Police said the two suspects involved in the bird heist also stole the puppies -- two white French Bulldog puppies, a gray Schnauzer puppy and a black Yorkshire Terrier puppy. 
One of those puppies belongs to local magician Criss Angel. He left his puppy with Prince & Princess while he went on vacation and is offering a $5,000 reward for its return.
Video surveillance shows two male suspects in their late teens or early twenties wearing white baseball caps. 
If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555. 

Surveillance video courtesy of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department