Crook Breaks Into Apartment, Steals Valuables And Pet

Crook Breaks Into Apartment, Steals Valuables And Pet

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

The search is on for the crooks that broke into a center city apartment. They took cameras, jewelry, and even a TV. But one thing these heart-less robbers took can never be replaced.

Betty, a Chinese crested mix, was "dog-napped" from her foster home on Friday.

The cries from this little pooch haunt Ali Rans of Rittenhouse Square.

"I don't want her to be hurt and I know she's scared," says Ali.

Betty is a rescue dog in Ali's care for a short time. Despite the short time together, they already have a bond that Ali can't imagine living without.

"She's six pounds," says Ali. "She's this little tiny ball of energy. I just need to see her again."

It was Friday night. Ali says she came home to find her door pried open. Her TV was gone. Her mac book and several cameras were missing as well.

"The drawers were opened. The drawers on the desk were opened," she describes.

But all of that soon became trivial.

"Then I started calling for Betty and didn't hear her," she recalls.

The crook that broke in also stole Betty! And it's turned Ali's life upside-down. "Every night we would come home. I would tell her she's safe here, everything's going to be fine," says Ali. "When you come home, you realize she wasn't safe. I'm hopeful she will come back because it really hits you."

Ali continues, "Just feeling for her. She's scared of people and she's scared of loud noises. She's timid when she doesn't know you."

Police say Ali is the latest victim in a series of burglaries that have rocked her neighbors in recent months. But the theft of a dog has them in disbelief.

"You really do feel victimized [but] this really upset me," says a neighbor.

Ali is posting flyers with Betty's picture, hoping someone finds her. And she checks her iPhone frequently for leads.

The main thing right now is trying to stay positive.

"If I start going with the worst scenarios, why they would have taken her, I just can't go there," reflects Ali.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:45:07 GMT
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
  • Beautiful Easter Sunday

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:09:12 GMT

    NICE EASTER WEEKEND

    The first half of the holiday weekend has been great and Easter Sunday looks just as nice. Clouds thin out late tonight with temperatures falling back to the 40s.

    Initially it'll be jacket weather early Sunday morning but plenty of sunshine will warm us into the 60s by afternoon.  High temperatures will be a few degrees cooler than Saturday.

    It will be noticeably cooler and breezy at the shore with highs in the low 50s.  Quiet conditions continue into Monday.

  • Overturned Boat Victim Identified, Search Continues

    Overturned Boat Victim Identified, Search Continues

    Overturned Boat Victim Identified, Search Continues

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:38:03 GMT
    The Coast Guard have suspended an emergency search for a man who went overboard in a boat after he went missing. New Jersey State Police have identified him as 49-year old John J. Poltonowicz.
    The Coast Guard have suspended an emergency search for a man who went overboard in a boat after he went missing. New Jersey State Police have identified him as 49-year old John J. Poltonowicz.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices