Local Woman Reunited With Stolen Puppy

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

JACKSON -- Baby Girl is a toy Chihuaha, just six weeks old.

"I rock her at night," says her owner Irene Miller. "The grandkids will bring her down and put her in the other room, and she'll coming running right back to me."

And Baby Girl has had a stressful week.

"There was a lady at the elevator," Miller says as she walks New 10 down the hallway of her daughter's apartment complex, Reed Manor in downtown Jackson. "And she asked if she could help me, and I said, 'No, I'm slow, but I'll make it.'"

Which is when that woman, described as black and in her mid-20s, snuck up behind 70-year-old Miller, and snatched her purse -- with the puppy inside.

"And then I said, 'Give me my dog,' before she went through these doors down here. But she just kept going," Miller says.

Irene, who lives in Leoni Township, was at Reed Manor to visit her daughter Pat, who actually gave Baby Girl to Irene a couple of weeks ago as a Christmas present.

The two of them hailed down another resident, who called the cops.

"I was very upset, because Chistmas is not even here, and it was a Christmas present to her," Pat says.

Irene was devastated.

"It was terrible," she says. "I mean, I knew they'd take my money. I knew that. But I was just hoping to get the dog back."

Six anxiety-ridden hours later, and there was a knock at the door. Someone had found the purse in the laundry room trash bin -- and in that purse was Baby Girl, unscathed but no doubt a bit bewildered.

"We were all happy," Irene says. "Everybody that was here was so happy. The grandkids were crying. Just happy."

The thief didn't dump the purse without first taking about $220 from it -- money that Irene says she had planned to spend on Christmas presents for her grandkids.

Jackson Police don't currently have a suspect in custody.

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