JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are reviewing surveillance video that could help reunite a family with their best friend. Their dog was stolen outside of an Arlington IHOP Tuesday while the family stopped for lunch before traveling back home to Tampa.
"He the best dog in the whole world," said one of the children.
The family says their Yorkie-Poodle "Prince" was on a leash tied to a bench outside the IHOP on Atlantic Boulevard and Southside Boulevard. They said they did not want to leave him in the car after seeing many stories in the news about hot car deaths.
Chimere Goins got the dog for her children just two years ago.
"I sleep with him every night," said Tristan Goins, 9.
The kids were with their mom visiting their aunt in Jacksonville. They were having one last lunch outing.
"These people came and said oh ya'll dog has been stolen, your dog has been stolen, somebody went and took the dog, we all come out the dog was gone," said Avian Smiley, Goins' sister.
Their appetite was gone and so was Prince, but an outside surveillance camera had the tip of the day.
Goins says the manager saw the surveillance video and saw a woman walk out of the restaurant with her two children. Shortly after one of the kids walks back to the bench and takes the dog off the leash and what the thieves didn't know is that a surveillance camera outside caught the whole thing.
Police are reviewing the video. It's offering the Goins hope that Prince will return.
"I want my puppy back and I'm sad," said 5-year-old Sariah.
The manager of the restaurant said they could not release the surveillance video, but did give it to police. We have reached out to JSO to get more information and are waiting to hear back. Anyone who has seen this dog or has this dog is urged to call JSO. If you want to return the dog and want to remain anonymous you could also call our newsroom 904-633-8808. The family says they are offering a reward for his return.