Thieves broke into a Tampa home and stole two children's Christmas presents... and their pet dog
Tampa, Florida - Tampa police officers were back out at the home where crooks robbed a family of their Christmas presents, and perhaps the family dog, on Monday.
"I didn't know how the kids were going to have a Christmas with the gifts being gone," said Melody Russell.
Members of Tampa Police Squad 204 all pitched in and purchased new gifts for Russell's son, 5-year-old Marcus, and 7-year-old Marissa.
Even though the children got gifts to open on Christmas morning, Marcus is still taking the loss of the family Shih Tzu hard.
"He went to sit by her doggie bed and her bowl," Russell said. "Just a little sad and disappointed that he didn't have her."
On Christmas afternoon, Tampa police officers informed the family that they were still searching for the dog named Honey.
Two officers are using a Bobcat four wheeler for hard-to-reach areas to search for the pet, who may have been taken by the thieves.
"For the kids, it's really important that they didn't just see us one night with presents that they know that we're in the neighborhood," said Lt. Yvette Flynn with the Tampa Police Department.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the 12-week-old Shih Tzu named Honey is urged to call the Tampa Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.
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