Stolen dog returned, SUV still missing after theft in Northeast Washington

(Photo: MPD)

Just before 11 p.m., the dog stolen from a family’s home in Northeast Washington was returned to his family. A man who lives nearby told ABC7 News he saw the story on the news, saw the dog in his neighborhood, and says he felt compelled to help.

Our cameras were there for the happy reunion, as the man knocked on the family’s door and returned the dog to its owners.

The man said he does not have any information about the family’s stolen SUV, which DC Police are still looking for.

Investigators say the theft took place early Thursday morning on West Virginia Avenue, NE.

"I was hurt. I was really hurt. We've had the dog for about four months," Latiesha Boyd said. "I've been living here 30 years, nothing like this has ever happened. Literally in this same house for 30 years."

When she went to bed on Wednesday night, Boyd says the family's dog, Bella, was in her cage inside the home. Boyd's dark gray Toyota 4 Runner was parked on the street outside her home.

At about 5 a.m., she woke up and noticed Bella was missing.

"So I got up, five o'clock in the morning, searching all around for her, walking all around and through the alleys outside," Boyd said. "Then I looked at where my car had been parked and I was like wait a minute, my car isn't there. So then I put two and two together and I was like, 'Oh my goodness, they took the car key, the dog, and the car.'"

Police believe the suspect entered Boyd's home and then took her car keys from a shelf near the front door. Then, they say the thief took the family's 4-month-old pit bull, and took off in the family's SUV.

The vehicle is described as a 2016 Toyota 4 Runner, dark gray in color, with DC tags FD-7799.

"I mean, a car is a car, not to say I want my car stolen, but please bring my dog back," Boyd said. "We've grown an attachment to the dog. It's part of the family, please."

She said her 6-year-old son, Rahim, is completely crushed and cried when she told him the dog was gone.

"Please just bring the dog back, that's all I want, just my dog," Rahim said. "Every time I come downstairs in the morning, she always jumps on me and licks me a lot. I just really like Bella and I just want her back so bad."

D.C. Police released a photo of the missing SUV and ask anyone who has seen the vehicle or the dog to call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.

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