LINCOLN (CBS) – Lincoln Police say there’s a happy ending to the agonizing 24-hour search for four dogs strangely taken from their family’s home Thursday afternoon.
Lincoln cruisers made frequent patrols past the home as the family appealed for their return. “I really miss her and please just take care of her and take her home safely,” sobbed Erica Jarrell, one of the family’s children speaking of one of dogs.
The dogs are simply family pets: Sonia, a 13-year-old black lab, Seymour, a one year old black lab, Sweetie Pie, a 4-year-old shih tzu and Syrup, a 4-year-old Jack Russell. Oddly, the family’s fifth dog was not taken.
“It’s just creepy. It’s creepy and it’s unnerving and it’s scary and then you worry ‘why did they do this?” asked Brenda Jarrell with two of her children flanking her at the Lincoln Police station.
Police say a plumber working at the Jarrell family’s home, which is undergoing renovation, told them a man about 40, with grey hair, walked in like he owned the place.
“The worker left after about an hour in the house with the person and after that, the family came home and found the dogs were missing and there were things in the house that were kind of moved around.” explained Lincoln Police Chief Kevin Mooney.
Before the dogs were found in a car at Hanscom Air Base in good condition late today, the Jarrell children were in tough emotional condition. “I just want my dog and all the other dogs to get home safe and I don’t him to hurt them and I just don’t want our dogs being hurt because I can’t take that,” said Will Jarrell.
The family said they don’t know of anyone who had anything against them or their dogs nor do they know of anybody who wanted the dogs for any reason.
Lincoln Police had leads late Friday on the man who took the dogs and said the Jarrell’s neighborhood and the town should not feel they’re in any danger.
WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias and Ron Sanders contributed to this report.