Stolen puppy returned to owner, car theft still under investigation

This 2001 Mazda SUV was stolen from the Phillips 66 gas station at 3202 E. State Blvd. This puppy was inside.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) -A Fort Wayne woman said her stolen puppy has been returned. Renaay Walker said her dog was inside her car when it was taken from a gas station Saturday night.

Walker said someone contacted her through Facebook to arrange the safe return of the puppy. However, the stolen car has not been returned.

The car theft happened at the Phillips 66 gas station located 3202 E. State Blvd. at about 9:40 p.m.

Walker said she went inside to pay for gas but when she came back outside her 2007 Mazda SUV CX7 was not there. In a haste, she left her keys inside the car.

There were personal items like a car seat, stroller and her daughter’s bike in the car. There was also a recently purchased puppy inside, she said.

Walker purchased the black Shih Tzu, less than two weeks ago, on June 23. She said the date is significant because it is the anniversary of her brother’s death.

Sean Walker, 18, was shot to death in 2500 block of Weisser Park Avenue in 2014. Walker’s death was the 7th homicide of Allen County that year.

The puppy’s name is “Fatz” which was her brother’s nickname. Walker said the puppy is wearing a blue collar but does not have a chip. She planned to take him to the vet this week to get a chip.

A manager at Phillips 66 said the gas station does have surveillance cameras, but would not allow Walker or Newschannel 15 to see the video. She said the video could only be released to police.

The license plate number of the stolen car is YEE593. Walker said she had filed a report with Fort Wayne Police Department. She said it is currently under investigation.