Walker shaken as pug and cocker spaniel grabbed in attempted dog theft on Chobham Common

Walker shaken as pug and cocker spaniel grabbed in attempted dog theft on Chobham Common

A walker fears two men attempted to steal two of her dogs while she walked on Chobham Common. 

Lesley Perkins was enjoying a stroll on the common when she said two men, who she believed to be Eastern European, appeared from the undergrowth.

The dog walker had parked at the Monument car park and the incident happened at around 11am on Saturday, October 5.

The 61-year-old was taking five dogs on a walk, including two of her own plus pug cross Lola and cocker spaniel Barley, who are owned by her client, Marie Reed. 

Miss Perkins, who lives in Knaphill, told SurreyLive: “I was on Chobham Common when two Eastern European men tried to steal two of my dogs. 

“I was walking and I noticed this big dog come out of the bushes and it went onto my pathway.

She continued: “It was lying down, as if he was waiting to pounce. I saw these two guys coming out of the burnt undergrowth.

“I said: ‘Can you call your dog back please?’ The other guy started walking on. The little dog, Lola, starting running after him so I called her back. As I called her back, he grabbed hold of her.

“The other guy grabbed hold of Barley, another of my dogs. He was leaning down with Barley on his lap. That’s when I grabbed hold of Barley.”

Miss Perkins said the other man was walking off with Lola in his arms. She said: “I screamed, ‘someone’s stealing my dog.’ I shouted at him: ‘Can you put my dog down please?”

One of the men dropped Lola down and the pair then ran away. A passing jogger stopped and helped to reassure Miss Perkins.

She added: “They let go of Lola. I said to the jogger if he minded walking with me, I felt a bit vulnerable. The jogger said he had passed here about 30 minutes before and the guys hadn’t moved from the spot, which seemed a bit strange.

“It happened so quickly. It wasn’t until I thought about it, I started feeling quite ill.”

After speaking to a friend, Miss Perkins reported the matter to the police. She has also been told of another incident at Farley Heath, in Albury, Guildford, where a walker had spotted men acting suspiciously.

Miss Perkins is now sharing her story to warn others to be wary.

“I have been walking on the common all my life but it’s made me more vigilant. I want to warn people to be vigilant,” she said.

She recommends that walkers could buy a personal security alarm, something she now carries.

A Surrey Police spokesman said: “We received a report by a woman reporting that she had been walking her two dogs near The Monument on Chobham Common in the direction of Sunnydale, when two men came out of the undergrowth with a large dog, and attempted to take her two dogs. 

“The case has been filed but will be reviewed pending any new information coming to light.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference number PR/P19232620.”

https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/walker-shaken-pug-cocker-spaniel-17095635

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