Caught on Tape: Woman Steals Car With Dog Inside

A car with a Shih Tzu inside was stolen from a Cherry Hill gas station Saturday

By Teresa Masterson and Dan Stamm
|  Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011  |  Updated 10:16 PM EDT
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Surveillance video shows a possible suspect in a South Jersey car theft that left a woman missing not only her car but also her beloved pet.

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Surveillance video shows a possible suspect in a South Jersey car theft that left a woman missing not only her car but also her beloved pet.

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A slender blond-haired woman in bright green pants was caught on surveillance tape Saturday night stealing a car, and a dog, from a Cherry Hill gas station.

The owner of the 2008 Nissan Altima says that isn't as concerned her car being stolen as she is with her Shih Tzu Lex that was inside the car when it was taken.

"It's almost like, it's a family member missing," said Jennifer Salome. "That's exactly what it is. It's a family member that's missing."

Salome had run into the Lukoil gas station on Haddonfield-Berlin Road Saturday night to grab smokes, she said.

She had left Lex and her purse inside her unlocked car figuring she would be right back outside.

Surveillance cameras caught a woman with dirty blond hair, wearing a dark jacket and green pants jump into the Altima and drive away while the owner was in the gas station, reports the Courier Post.

The alleged car thief was able to start the car because it had push-button starting and Salome had left the keys inside her purse on the passenger seat.

Salome knows she made a mistake by leaving her purse inside a locked car but now she is just concerned with Lex's well being.

"My hope is that she has enough morals to at least take good care of him, whether she chooses to keep him or at least drop him off somewhere where he can be taken care of," Salome said.

The car has Pa. tag GZV1776 and a University of Delaware alumni license plate frame, according to police.

If you have any information on the theft or whereabouts of Lex, call Cherry Hill Police.


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