SUV with dog in the back seat stolen in Hampton

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A Hampton woman who had her SUV and dog stolen on Sunday now at least has her dog back.

“My first thought was, what kind of person just deliberately hurts people?” said Cynthia Pankey.

Pankey can’t stop asking herself that question. It started just after she became a victim.

“My house is feeling lonely especially, because I’m used to her being in the house with me at nighttime,” Pankey added.

Pankey says she was dropping off a gift to friend on Lee Street. It was a quick trip, just to the door, but it would be the last time she’d see her SUV. 

“This guy runs up in her driveway and jumped in my car and revved the engine up and threw it into reverse,” Pankey said.

Pankey gave chase because something precious was in the back seat.

“I ran out the driveway behind him hollering ‘my dog! my dog!'” Pankey added. “I wasn’t even thinking about my car, but I was thinking about my dog.”

The thief drove away with Missy, an 11-year-old Shih Tzu, still inside.

“I feel like you just took a part of my family,” Pankey said. “If that was a baby people would be horrified.  Well I’m horrified.”

Pankey was up all night wondering where Missy could be. Was she safe?

As police continued to look for the car, Pankey sat by the phone waiting.

“I don’t think they realize how much they hurt other people,” she said. “It’s not just the car when you take the car. You don’t know what’s in there.”

Pankey then got a call from the SPCA. Someone found Missy wandering the streets. Her Honda CRV is still missing, but she says she got back the most important thing.

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