January 22, 2014 Updated: January 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm
A man's car was stolen in the moments it took him to use an ATM, but it's what was in the backseat that he is most desperate to have back: His best friend, Boomer.
Boomer is a 7-year-old black Labrador and Sharpei mix who's lived with his owner, Ronnie Dodge, for six years.
"I don't care if I get the car back or not, I just want my dog back," Dodge said.
Dodge, 37, stopped his 2002 forest green Pontiac GrandAm at an ATM in the Red Rock Shopping Center, 3127 W. Colorado Ave., about 9:15 a.m. and waited in line to use the cash machine. He said it wasn't long before he noticed someone acting strange.
"I was in line, and this guy was just standing there. I thought he was done using the ATM because he was on his phone, he kept walking back and forth around my car," Dodge said. "The car wasn't running but I had left my keys on the dashboard, and Boomer was in the back."
In an instant, Dodge said he heard his car door open and slam shut and his vehicle start. He was less than five feet from his car and lunged at the driver's window, trying to punch it out, but the car thief sped away.
"I was yelling and freaking out, there were people all over the place," Dodge said. "There was even one guy in a scooter who tried to follow my car, but the guy nearly drove him off the road."
Boomer's a sweet, trusting dog who survived a car crash that killed his owners several years ago, Dodge said. Over time, he has rehabilitated the black Lab, whom he describes as his "best friend."
"He wears a dark blue collar and answers to his name. The guy who took the car probably didn't even realize that Boomer was in there, I'm just so worried about him," Dodge said.
The Pontiac has Texas plates, a cracked rear windshield and the sunroof is covered with duct tape because of hail damage, Dodge said.
Anyone with information can call police at 444-7000.