SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - A man is desperate to find his dog after someone stole his car with the four-pound teacup Yorkie inside at a South Fulton County gas station.
Surveillance video shows a thief slide into the victim's car at a Citgo off Fulton Industrial Boulevard early Tuesday morning and take off. The dog, "Mr Big," was in the car at the time.
Channel 2's Matt Johnson spoke with the victim, who said he only went inside for a few minutes and when he came back, his car, and his beloved dog, were gone. Jesse Cromer told Johnson he went inside because he was having problems at the pump and left the car running because of the heat.
Within seconds, someone had driven away with his 2017 Chevrolet Spark.
"The gas cap was open in the car and the pump was just laying on the ground," Cromer said.
Cromer said he doesn't care about the car, he just wants his dog back.
"My dog needs medication. He's only four pounds. He's probably scared," Cromer told Johnson. "He means everything to me."
Atlanta police were able to find the car with the help of Onstar about four miles away, but there was no sign of Mr. Big inside. Cromer said the dog is not used to being out in the elements.
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Cromer isn't this gas station's only victim of a 'slider' crime, or when a thief slides into an unsuspecting victim's car while they are paying at a gas pump.
Johnson spoke to the owner of the Citgo, who said six cars have been stolen at the gas station this year alone. Harish Pampatti told Johnson he has even had his own car stolen.
Pampatti said he is fed up and wants more patrols along that stretch of road.
"We are the full taxpayers. We need the service. We need their help," Pampatti said.
Cromer hopes a $600 reward will help him get his dog back.
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