A small female Pomeranian was stolen in the early morning hours Wednesday during a carjacking of a homeless couple’s Toyota Corolla. Eight-year-old Lacey was in the car while it was parked in a Lauderdale Lakes Walmart store parking lot. Missing for two days, on Dec. 17 Lacey was spotted by an alert local woman, who saw her aimlessly wondering in a nearby neighborhood. She promptly notified the Broward Sheriff’s Office [BSO]. All of these lucky steps on behalf of Lacey ended in a happy reunion for Lacey and her grateful owner, Shelley.
The little dog and Shelley, 60, found each other again with heaps of emotion inside the Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters. Shelley was overjoyed and relieved to again have Lacey in her arms. She could only say, “I didn’t sleep. I didn’t eat for two days. I was miserable.” She considers little Lacey as like a daughter and missed her terribly. It was hard to get what might be happening to Lacey out of her mind.
Spokeswoman Gina Carter relates what happened to Shelley and Dennis when the criminal stole the car with Lacey in it. The thief crept up to the Toyota in which Shelley, Dennis and Lacey were asleep, reached through the open window and made off with the car keys. Within a short time, he banged on the car and told the pair that the store manager wanted to see them. Afraid they were in trouble for sleeping in the Walmart parking lot, Shelley hurried toward the store while 71-year-old Dennis, who had a leg injury, struggled out of the car to follow her and started to fall. The crook took that moment to push Dennis to the ground, got into the car and squealed away toward State Road 7, with Lacey still inside the vehicle. Obviously the carjacker did not care that the dog was in the car and dumped her out early on. He had the car and the personal effects of the couple, and just “beat it.”
A joyful Shelley, holding Lacey tight, wishes to thank the woman who found the dog. “I want to know who this person is and thank her personally,” said Shelley.
According to Carter, the stolen car was left close to BSO headquarters where it was found by a civil deputy for the sheriff’s office. The homeless couple lost their laptop computer and a number of other items to the thief.
Lacey has a limp resulting from an earlier injury in one paw and walks with a limp. BSO’s Carter says Lacey was tired and quite stressed, but the little dog appears healthy. Shelley plans on spoiling her with special treatment that includes giving her some steak and hamburger.
BSO has a sketchy description of the suspect carjacker. He is described as male, in his twenties, with short dreadlocks. He was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans.
Meanwhile, BSO put Homeless Outreach Initiative in touch with Shelley and Dennis to assist the couple. They will get the car back after it is processed by BSO.
Help is requested from anyone who can provide tips or assistance to locate the suspect carjacker. Any information is welcome and can be called in to Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477).