A man whose Pug was stolen along with his SUV in broad daylight, is offering to give the thieves the deed to his car in exchange for the safe return of his dog.
Doug Clark was at metal recycling business to get rid of his kids' broken trampoline last Thursday and had the family's beloved Pug, Dugout, along for the ride.
"I had Dugout with me, so I left the air conditioning on, and was just going to step in that office real quick, Doug explained to KY3.com. "I put the e-brake on, and left the car running. The keys were in it."
That's when the people right in front of him at McCoy's Iron and Metal in Springfield, Missouri, decided to steal his SUV. McCoy's caught the entire incident on their surveillance tapes.
"As she was collecting her money, the man actually walked out and he walked and hopped in my vehicle. She followed shortly. Of course I didn't know this; I was standing in the office," said Doug.
The thieves escaped, but fortunately customers at McCoy's have to show ID and McCoy's has turned the information over to the Springfield Police Department.
Doug, meanwhile, has turned to social media to help get Dugout back. The family doesn't care about the car, they just want Dugout returned. Doug is offering the thieves his vehicle's title in exchange for Dugout's safe return and is offering anyone else with information a $2000 reward.
He wrote a letter to the thieves on his Facebook page:
To the lovely couple who decided to hop in my black 2009 Nissan Pathfinder with my pug Dugout.
I have done quite a bit of thinking lately. First, I'd like you to know that I know who you are. To further that, I believe it would be easier for you to sell that rig with a title.
Speaking of titles, I've got that title, and it's free and clear. I would say, it's a lot of work to scrap out a car. Lots of legalities, cops tracing your trail, playing hideout all the time, etc, etc.
Back to my story. I know it's just a car. But man (and woman) that was my dog. You don't mess with a guy's dog.
I also want you to know that you look quite silly trying to get that E brake off in the video surveillance that I got my hands on (and now the police have.)
But back to that title. I sure would like to meet you guys, you seem like fun-loving people.
I have an idea. You two just keep the ride. I'll meet you with the title to make your life easier. All you gotta bring is an alive Pug. That's it. Just give me a call 417-860-9676.
After all, Springfield isn't that big and birds of the same feather flock together.
To anyone who may know these lovebirds, I am laying down $2k to arrange this friendly meet up.
Dugout was stolen at Kansas and Water Street. Doug's vehicle is a 2009 black Nissan Pathfinder. Dugout was laying on a white towel inside in a cream and brown crate. According to Doug's Craigslist post the woman had on tennis shoes with shorts, long brown hair wrapped in a clip and a cross/sun tattoo on her neck and was with a mid 40s male with beard.