A Springs man who thought he lost everything now has a happy ending.
A crook took off with Ronnie Dodge's car Wednesday while he was standing just a few feet away at an ATM. There was precious cargo inside the stolen car: the victim's dog Boomer.
The crime happened just after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Chase ATM off of Colorado Avenue and 31st Street.
Dodge said he didn't think anything of it when he left his keys inside the cup holder of his car. He was standing just 5 feet away, just making a quick stop at a bank. His beloved dog was waiting for him in the back seat.
But as Dodge grabbed cash at the ATM, the unthinkable happened.
"I heard the car doors shut and then start at the same time."
Dodge was in disbelief as a thief drove off in his car. He tried to chase after the crook, but he lost him after the suspect sped off on Highway 24.
The loss was crushing for Dodge, especially considering all his pup had been through. Dodge had rescued Boomer after Boomer lost his original owner in a car accident. Now, Boomer was unwittingly being towed along in a carjacking.
But that same day, someone saw Boomer get pushed out of the car and posted an ad on Craigslist. While Dodge searched through the Humane Society website, he stumbled upon the ad.
Not long after, he and his best friend were reunited.
"I was excited...I mean, it was a beautiful moment. I didn't believe it 'til I found him...it was a great feeling."
Police also recovered Dodge's car at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. The license plates were stripped off the car. It has been taken to an impound lot while police check for fingerprints.
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