Lubbock man reunited with stolen puppy, stolen out of his hands
Here are the details Geoffrey Sharp knows about the thieves who stole Winnie from him (source: Facebook)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
UPDATE: Geoffrey Sharp has confirmed to KCBD that Lubbock police were able to track down the thieves and Winnie has been reunited with Geoffrey. We will have the latest tonight at 10.
A Lubbock resident is warning others to be extra careful with dogs, after his Yorkie puppy was stolen right out of his hands.
It happened in front of his house near 40th and Orlando Avenue in central Lubbock.
Geoffrey Sharp says he didn't think much when a car with three girls stopped in front of his house wanting to get a closer look at Winnie, his Yorkie puppy.
"And they're like 'Hey can we pet her? I just want to see her for a second.' So I was like oh yeah, sure," Sharp said.
As Sharp walked up holding Winnie in his hands, he couldn't believe what one of the passengers in the car did next.
"She pulled it out of my hands as I was letting them pet the dog. And they just drove off as fast as they could," Sharp said.
In shock, Sharp says he thought maybe this was a prank, but the girls sped down Orlando Avenue.
"I run in, grab my phone. Call 911," he said.
Sadly, someone found Winnie's collar thrown on the street a few blocks away.
Admins on the Lost and Found Pets of Lubbock Facebook page say this extent of animal theft is something they haven't seen in Lubbock yet.
But they say specialty breed dogs are often targeted and thieves will hold them for ransom or sell them to make money.
Geoffrey hopes to get his puppy back, so he took to social media with the few details he knows.
"The car was a gray four-door sedan," he said.
But his main goal is to spread the word across Lubbock to try and prevent this from happening again.
"I think most of all I just want people to realize that this can happen to them... Mainly I just want to see justice, because I don't want this to happen to anybody else. If for me it's too late, I don't want it to be too late for somebody else," Sharp said.
Lubbock police say if the women can be tracked down, they could face charges of theft.
Winnie is a black two month old Yorkie with light brown accents, so if you think you've seen her on any site in Lubbock where pets are sold, you can contact Lubbock police.