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.