RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An East End Richmond family is trying to move on after their home was broken into in the Montrose Heights area.
Police say someone stole cash and took off with the family's newest member, a 6-week-old pit bull puppy. It happened in the 1200 block of Garber Street and when news of a stolen pup spread, it didn't sit well with residents.
Marlene Mills lives just a few houses down. She also has a small dog and says she can't imagine losing 'Tink'.
"I would be mad if they steal my dog, yes I would, I love that dog," said Mills.
Jelani Whittington lives across the street from where the burglary took place and said he knew the family loved their new member very much.
"It makes me feel bad. It makes me feel like I should do something about it. I should get out there and start looking for the puppy myself," said Mills.
He and some of the neighbors got together when they heard what happened.
"Maybe we should go out there put some posters out, get the neighborhood involved until we find the puppy," said Whittington.
White as snow with gray spots, Whittington remembers welcoming the puppy into the neighborhood.
"It's so cute, it immediately came to me it was just so friendly," said Whittington.
Police say an undisclosed amount of cash was also stolen from this house Wednesday morning. Neighbors say this is usually a peaceful neighborhood and many of them were surprised to hear of the incident.
"It makes me angry, it makes me kind of afraid for my own family," said Whittington.