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Family continues searching for dog after truck stolen

Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 1:38 PM EST
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MIDDLEBURY, Ind. (WNDU) - A man’s dog was in his truck when the vehicle was stolen from a Middlebury gas station Wednesday morning.

According to 77-year-old Goshen resident Jerry Wallace, he says he was at the Gallops Marathon gas station located at SR-13 and CR-2 around 6 a.m. when he locked his car and left it running before heading inside to grab a cup of coffee.

Wallace says surveillance images captured a man, in what appears to be a Jeep, arrive minutes later. A man in a snow hat, red jacket, light-colored jeans, and brown boots can then be seen making his way into Wallace’s 2003 black Cadillac Escalade EXT and taking off with his dog, Jay, inside the vehicle.

Wallace, who works security at a Middlebury trailer company, says he wasn’t in the gas station long but when he returned, his car and more importantly Jay, his dog of 8 years, were both gone.

The thief who stole Wallace's car tried to use a debit card at a gas station later in the day.
The thief who stole Wallace's car tried to use a debit card at a gas station later in the day.(WNDU)

After searching for Jay in hopes the thief, or thieves, let him go, Wallace says he doesn’t care about his car. He just wants his dog back.

“Just have fun with it I guess. I would just like to have my dog back. He was just like a kid to me. I just wish they’d bring them back. I don’t care about the car. I’m 77 years old and I had that dog like it was a kid to me. I’ll miss him for a long time,” Wallace said as tears began falling from his eyes.

Wallace’s daughter, Alma, tells 16 News Now that her dad and Jay have been companions for eight years. After Wallace’s wife died, Jay was all he had.

Wallace takes Jay everywhere: bowling, the store and to work.

According to a Facebook post from Alma, her elderly father’s debit card was then used at several locations around Michiana.

They include a shell gas station from this morning, and a McDonald’s in White Pigeon, where it was declined twice.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or details on where Wallace’s dog might be, you are asked to call the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

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