NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- A local woman is pleading for her dog back. He was stolen from a gas station in North Charleston Saturday morning.
The dog’s owner, Maria Rojas-Lucas says, “I feel so sad, depressed. My house feels empty without him.”
She says it happened at the Exxon on Rivers Avenue near Remount Road. She says she only stopped in the gas station for a minute, and when she came out her car and dog were done.
Rojas-Lucas says, “I heard my dog barking like crazy, and then when I went fast outside he stole my car with him inside.”
She says she never planned on leaving the car at all, but her debit card was not working at the pump. She says she quickly popped inside the store, but accidentally left the keys in her purse on the seat.
Rojas-Lucas says, “I take him everywhere I go. I never leave him in the car, just that morning, it was the first time I left him in the car.”
Teddy is a six-year-old Maltese mix. Rojas-Lucas says she has been sick with worry since he went missing on Saturday.
She says, “I’m worried about because the person who stole my car may hurt him, may kill him. I just want him back again.”
She is offering a $100 reward for his return.
Rojas-Lucas says, “It doesn’t matter the other stuff, the materials, I don’t care. I mean I do, but I care more about my dog. He’s sick and blind and I am the only one to take care of him. He’s like my baby.”
She says Teddy is microchipped and she has already checked for him at local shelters.
The missing car is a white 2005 Toyota Scion XB with the South Carolina license plate PVN-434. If you know where the car or the dog may be, contact the North Charleston Police Department at (843) 740-2800 or Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.