A HEARTLESS dog thief was caught on CCTV stealing a puppy.

The woman, in her 40s, unscrewed the lid of a padlocked pen to get at 18-month-old golden labrador, Wilma.

The theft took place at Prested Hall, a popular country hotel and function suite in Feering.

Police are yet to release the video footage but examining it as evidence.

Witnesses should call Colchester police on 101.