updated 01/29/2013 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/29/2013 AT 12:15 PM ET
Criss Angel’s puppy has disappeared – and it’s not a part of his act.
The magician’s new teacup Yorkshire terrier was stolen from a pet store along with three other puppies in a weekend heist, according to the Las Vegas Sun, and Angel has offered a $5,000 reward for their return.
Angel, 45, who stars in Cirque du Soleil’s Believe tour at the Luxor Hotel Casino, purchased the pup several days ago from Prince & Princess Puppies & Boutique on South Rainbow Boulevard in Las Vegas and left the dog in the care of the store’s owner, Gloria Lee, before leaving Monday on a weeklong vacation to Mexico.
“I’m very upset and concerned for the well being of all four of the young puppies that were stolen [Sunday] night in the robbery, which happened just before midnight,” Lee told the newspaper. “These puppies are like babies. They need special care and supervision, and, if not, their well being could deteriorate rapidly.”
The illusionist – who owns at least two other dogs – has taken to Twitter to get the word out about his missing friend.
“Thanx all for your kind thoughts about the @adorablepups,” he Tweeted on Tuesday. “IF U KNOW SOMETHING CALL LV Metro Police 702 828-3573 lets catch these losers RT.”