SPOKANE, Wash.--One Spokane woman fought back after her dog was allegedly stolen out of her South Hill front yard. The woman said her neighbor witnessed the entire thing but it was her online campaign which put her in touch with the alleged culprits.
Jodi Clausen was devastated when she went out Saturday evening to call her dog, Zola, inside. She discovered her pet had been taken and began investigating with a tip from her neighbor.
She thought they were our friends, from the way they came into our yard,” said Clausen. “Both of our vehicles were home, and the grabbed Zola. She didn't want to go. Rosa said ‘she was resisting and they dragged her through our lawn.’”
Clausen was devastated, but determined not to give up hope. She immediately turned to Facebook and Craigslist. Clausen said she typed her message in all caps because she wanted people to know she was mad.
She said her “mad message” paid off within 20 minutes of posting it. Someone responded to her post and said they had found Zola wandering the street.
Clausen’s husband arranged to meet them just a few blocks away.
She said the person’s car matched the getaway vehicle her neighbor had described. Clausen said the people admitted to having a silver car and then changed their story about how they found Zola. The people said they found Zola wandering in a yard according to Clausen. She said the pair quickly disappeared as Zola was being loaded into the car.
Clausen believes she had a face-to-face encounter with the thieves.
“I mean, they admitted that they took her out of somebody's yard in a silver car,” said Clausen. “It's more than a coincidence.”
Clausen was able to get the suspected thieves’ contact information from their Craigslist response. She has turned over their email address and phone number to Crime Check.