For the third time in recent weeks, dogs have been stolen from a home in the Washington area.

In the latest theft, two pit bull puppies vanished last week from a home on Patuxent Road in the Gambrills area of Anne Arundel County.

County police said they were told that a man came to the home Wednesday to ask about buying one of the pups, described as blue pit bulls.

No sale was made, but the next day the resident realized that the dogs were gone, police said.

On Friday, police said, their investigation took them to an address in the Severn area where the puppies were found safe.

Police said they took two people into custody and charged each with two counts of theft.

They said their investigation is continuing.

On Jan. 30, a dog described by its owner as a teacup Yorkie was taken in a burglary at her home in Northeast Washington.

A week earlier, a cockapoo was taken during a break-in at a home near Capitol Hill, D.C. police said. It was later recovered.