by: Rachel Stockman Updated:
NORCROSS, Ga. - A couple is desperately searching for their dogs after a thief broke into their car and stole them in Gwinnett County.
Jim and Kim Wingo said they left their toy poodles, Layla and Lulu, for only an hour while they went into the Hibachi Grill on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross on Saturday night.
"We were only in the dinner for about an hour, and when we came out, someone had broken out the passenger window and taken the dogs," said Jim Wingo.
While the Wingos said the dogs might look pricy, they aren't worth much, as they are rescue dogs. But they mean the world to the couple.
"They are my babies. We love them so much, we couldn't sleep at night," said Kim Wingo.
The Wingos said it is not unusual for them to leave the dogs in the car, as long as it is not hot out.
"We've been doing that so long, and we never had any problem. We never thought anyone would break into the window," said Kim Wingo.
The couple is offering a $1,500 reward for the return of their dogs, no questions asked. They also paid for an Amber Alert-like system, findtoto.com, to call neighbors in the surrounding area where the dogs were stolen from.
"We just hope that we they have it in their heart to do the right thing and return then to us for Christmas," Kim Wingo said.