Thieves steal family's Christmas gifts, dog

SPRING, Texas - A Spring area family is desperately searching for their dog after thieves raced through their home, making off with electronics, Christmas gifts and a 1-year-old miniature Schnauzer by the name of Stella.

"That's just mean, it's just heartless," said Dan Grant. "That's the only thing that I want back is my dog, I don't care about the TVs and the Xboxes. My kids don't care about the video systems. All they want is their dog back."

Grant said his wife came home to find both back doors open and the home ransacked. Thieves made off electronics and all of the family's Christmas gifts. Stella was also taken. The family kept her kennel next to the Christmas tree and Stella's red stocking still hangs over the fireplace.

"We got Stella about a year ago after our previous dog passed away," said Grant. "(The kids) just lost a dog now they've lost a second one in a year."

The thieves went room-to-room grabbing electronics, video games, computers, even sports memorabilia. The only thing the thieves didn't take was a wall-mounted flat screen TV, but they caused a lot of damage ripping the wires out of the wall.

"They took my son's sheets. I'm assuming they took them because they want to wrap the electronics so they don't get scratched up," said Grant. "They tossed my daughter's Barbie dolls. They're both afraid to go upstairs to their rooms at night to go to sleep."

Grant said what is most unsettling is the possibility is that these thieves may have already been inside the family's home. The reason Grant wonders about this possibility is because the door to his home office is in the kitchen and is designed to look like a floor-to-ceiling spice rack.

"Somebody we know is the only thing I can think of because we have this door here that looks like a spice rack," said Grant. "Nobody would know this was here."   

The doors to the closets in the children's rooms are also made to look like bookshelves, but the thieves knew to look behind those too.

The family is offering a $1,000 reward for Stella's safe return. The dog is a miniature Schnauzer with an unusual amount of brown in her coat. She was taken from the neighborhood around Cypresswood and I-45.

"She's a very happy dog. In fact, if you meet her she'll run around in circles and jump," said Grant. "She just loves people."

These thieves also targeted a very charitable family. Despite this loss, Grant will still host a toy and clothing drive this weekend to benefit the Montgomery County Women's Center. The event is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bareback Bar and Icehouse, located at 19940 Kuykendahl in Spring.

If you know anything about this crime please call the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office at 281-376-3472.

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