BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Ohio — Police in Brooklyn Heights are looking for a bold thief who stole a truck from the parking lot of a local business — in broad daylight.
The victims of the crime are much more concerned with the precious cargo that was inside of the vehicle; their 9-year-old dog, Hooch, was in the backseat of the 2011 Nissan pick-up truck.
"He's my best friend, people say that they found a dog… he found me, and he has been helping me for the last nine years. I need to find him, I need to get him back home,” said Matt Zlocki.
Friday’s incident was caught on surveillance video by a business on East Granger Road. The video shows the suspect in the parking lot, just before 4:30 p.m. The suspect leaves the lot for a short time, then comes back and drives away in the vehicle.
"He looks at my truck, gets in my truck, and drives away with it,” Zlocki said. “It is very bold.”
Police tell Fox 8 a man was spotted at the Speedway Gas Station on Brookpark Road after the truck was stolen, and believe he was using a credit card from Zlocki’s truck. A short time after that, police say the truck was recovered in Valley View, but without Hooch inside.
Hooch is about 40 pounds and is black with some brown markings, and his family tells Fox 8 the dog will respond to his name. The dog does not have ID tags on, but was last wearing a choker collar.
"We're just hoping and praying that somebody has him, and doesn't know what to do with him, that's why we're trying to get the word out,” said Samantha Mastantuono, who loves Hooch.
On Saturday, the family put up flyers in the neighborhoods near East Granger Road, and wants anyone who has seen their dog to give them a call.
"I beg that person, call me, give me my dog back, I don't care about anything else I just want my dog back,” Zlocki said.
"This is just wrong, I can't believe somebody just did this in broad daylight, it's just a messed up kind of person, he needs to be punished, he knows what he is doing, and it seems like he had done this before,” said Mastantuono.
The family is asking anyone who has seen Hooch to call 440-213-2968 with information.