Thief steals car from McDonald's parking lot with puppy inside

2:03 PM, Feb 15, 2014   |    comments
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AURORA - Police are looking for a stolen car and a puppy that was trapped inside.

The theft happened Thursday evening at the McDonald's on the 11000 block of East Colfax in Aurora.

A 15-week old puppy was sitting in a parked car.

The driver walked inside the restaurant, looked out the window, and saw a man stealing his car with the puppy still inside.

"Devastating," said dog owner Gabrielle Wescott-Shamis. "Worst experience of my life."

Wescott-Shamis and her boyfriend Michael Shamas were riding in a friend's car with their 15 week old Australian Shepherd "Indigo."

"He is the love of our life," Wescott-Shamis said.

They left Indigo in the car and walked to a nearby store, as their friend walked into the McDonald's.

They say their friend left the car running unattended, which is against the law and can result in a citation and hefty fine.

"Someone turned to him while he was at the register and said 'Hey someone's stealing your car.' He looked out and the guy was peeling out," Shamas said.

Aurora police describe the stolen car as an older model red Toyota Corolla with temporary tags.

The suspect is in his mid-40's, over 6 feet tall, with curly dirty blond hair.

Indigo had tags on his collar, but his owners say they couldn't afford a microchip.

"We waited for a friend to come pick us up, drove around for an hour, and couldn't find him," Shamas said.

They hope someone will recognize this Australian Shepherd, and bring him home.

"We just want our puppy back," Wescott-Shamis said.

The search continues for the car and puppy.

Aurora police are asking anyone with information to call 303-627-3100.

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