06/20/2014 01:23 EDT | Updated 06/20/2014 01:59 EDT

Dog Stolen: Kijiji Meet-Up Leads To Toronto Police Investigation

A woman thought she was meeting a dog trainer in a Toronto park -- only to have her five-month-old puppy stolen.

Police are hoping the public can give them a hand in the dog-napping investigation, which took place earlier this month at Sunnybrook Park, near Bayview Ave. and Blythwood Rd.

The June 5 encounter lasted only a few minutes, investigators say -- a short conversation between the woman and the purported dog trainer. Then the man took the dog from the woman and departed in a navy-blue pick-up truck which was parked nearby.

The suspect is described as brown-skinned, six feet tall, between 25 and 30 years old, with short dark hair and possible acne scars. He was wearing dark clothing.

And the purloined puppy?

A five-month old, male, black Cane Corso with a white chest patch.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 53 Division at 416-808-5300, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or

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