Police in the city of Orange were asking for the public’s help finding a vehicle that was stolen while the owners’ beloved dog was in the back seat.
“Miles,” a 40-pound red Cocker Spaniel mix, was inside a black 2014 Honda Civic that was stolen about 4:45 a.m. Wednesday at a Chevron gas station at the intersection of Tustin Street and Taft Avenue, according to the Orange Police Department.
The dog and car belong to Larry Burgoon and his fiancee, who postponed their wedding last year to pay $7,000 for Miles’ medical bills.
“I get emotional when I think about it,” Burgoon said of losing his dog. “Nothing like this have ever happened to me before. And my fiancee is devastated. Miles was like our son. We loved him.”
Burgoon left his keys on the seat of the car while running inside to grab a cup of coffee. In seconds, a man jumped out a white pickup truck, entered the Honda and drove away — with Miles as well as a diamond engagement ring inside. The theft was caught on surveillance video.
Three people were in the truck, described as a white 2010 to 2012 Ford F-150 long-bed truck. One was a white of Hispanic man with a shaved head, another was a white or Hispanic woman with long black hair and third person — the truck’s driver — who could not be seen on the video.
Anyone with information was asked to call the Orange Police Department at 714-744-7444.