Labradoodle Puppy Stolen From Owner at Knifepoint During Morning Walk

A Labradoodle puppy was stolen from his owner at knifepoint during a morning walk, police said.

The 6-month-old labradoodle name Waffle was taken by a man in the town of St. Austell in Cornwall, U.K. at around 7 a.m. on Monday, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Waffle's owner Cathryn Hussain had stopped to put cat litter trays in an outdoor bin near her home when a man approached and threatened her with what she believed was a flick knife, Cornwall Live reported.

The 54-year-old said the man, who had with his face covered with a scarf or snood, gestured for Waffle to go to him and Hussain said she cursed at him.

Police are appealing for information after a dog was stolen from #StAustell this morning (Monday 23 December).
A six-month-old labradoodle called Waffle was taken while being walked by his female owner in the Belmont Road area at around 7am.

— Devon & Cornwall Police (@DC_Police) December 23, 2019

"He had a foreign accent and I said 'f*** off d***head' but he took his left hand out of his pocket and I heard a spring noise, probably a flick knife," she told Cornwall Live.

"He gestured again and pointed the knife at me and I just froze. I can't remember if he snatched Waffle or I handed him over but if I handed him over, I feel awful."

She added that she has been left traumatized by the incident. "One minute I'm in control and the next I'm scared to death. I'm a 54-year-old woman and am scared to go outside," she said to the website.

Devon and Cornwall Police have reviewed CCTV footage in the area and issued an appeal for information in a bid to locate Waffle and track down the suspect, who is described as being around 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing a black, hooded top and scarf and spoke with a foreign accent, police said.

"The family of Waffle are very distraught and upset at the callous theft of their pet dog," Police Sergeant Steve White said.

"Myself and all of the officers at the police station dealing with this crime also feel very sad for the family over what is a cruel and mean-spirited crime, especially during the Christmas period."

He added: "I am sure that someone, somewhere knows of a friend, relative or neighbour that has suddenly come into possession of a dog that may be Waffle.

"Please contact us if you have any suspicions, as Waffle should be with his real family this Christmas."

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101, or email, quoting log number 0116 231219. Information can also be supplied anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111, or via

Six-month-old Labradoodle puppy Waffle was stolen from his owner at knifepoint in Cornwall, U.K. Devon and Cornwall Police