Yorkie stolen during home burglary; Owner offers $1000 for safe return

Brittany Dionne reports. 10/18/2016

Taken without a trace, a Jacksonville woman says her home was burglarized and the most valuable thing she owned is now gone.     

The woman is pleading to the community for help and offering money for answers.

"He stole electronics, jewelry, the house was ransacked," says Terri Bass as she reads off a list of items taken from her Grove Park home.

Bass says she returned home from work to find her home in shambles.

The thief got away with thousands of dollars in personal belongings, according to Bass, but he also took something Bass says is priceless.

"She was gone. My yorkie 'Mia,'" Bass says.

The 9-year-old, blue and gold pooch, she regarded as child was no where to be found.

"My first instinct was to hope that maybe she had just run out and got loose but for it to be this long..." says Bass.

Bass has lived in her home with her husband for 7 years. She believes Mia would've returned home if she had simply wandered off.

Since Mia's disappearance, Bass says her neighbors have stepped in to help, scouring the web, walking the neighborhood and creating yard signs to help get the word out.

"We are offering a thousand dollar reward for Mia's safe return," Bass adds.

She says her calls to local veterinarian offices have come up short. Bass says Mia has medical issues and requires medication.

"I do not have children," Bass says with tears welling up in her eyes. "She really is my child. I've had it for nine years. She's not a puppy, she's my puppy, but she's not a puppy."

The suspect has since been caught. According to court documents, the 26-year-old is charged with armed burglary.

The police report says the suspect forced his way into Bass' home through the back door. The suspect was captured after fingerprints were found inside the home, according to the report.

The suspect denies committing the crime.

We've been asked not to reveal the suspect's identity to prevent retaliation.

If you happen to see Mia or know where she is, Bass is offering a thousand dollars for her return with no questions asked.

Mia is microchipped.

The number to call is 904-738-6824.


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