Mom’s Christmas puppy for son stolen from vehicle

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (WCMH)– A stolen puppy could ruin Christmas for a Columbus mom and her two kids.

The puppy was a Christmas present for Shay Johnson’s 4-year-old little boy. She left the puppy in her car while she ran in the store and when she came back out, the puppy was gone.

stolenpuppy2Johnson says 4-year-old Caleb just wants his puppy back. He’d had her for two weeks and was instantly in love.

“He basically ruined Christmas for me and my kids,” says Johnson. “It just sucks ’cause that was my son’s Christmas present and not only that he took my purse too.”

It happened Saturday at the East Livingston Liquor Store. Johnson left Coco, an 8-week-old brindle Champion Boxer in the car while she ran inside.

“I ran back in the store to give them my ID, I came out my dog was gone,” she says.

Surveillance video from the store shows a man approach Johnson as she’s leaning in the driver’s side of her car and the two have an exchange.

Johnson says he asked if the puppy was for sale. She told him no, that the puppy was her son’s Christmas present. She ran back in the store and the video shows the rest.

The man walks to his dark colored SUV. He hands something to the passenger, and then walks to the passenger side of Johnson’s car.

He opens the door, leans in and takes out what looks like a brown or brindle puppy with white feet. Then he gets in the SUV and drives off.

Now this Columbus mom is worried that Christmas won’t be so merry.

Johnson says, “I know the money’s probably spent and everything else. Forget the purse. I want my son’s puppy back.”

Coco had just had her first round of shots, but hadn’t yet been micro-chipped. Reynoldsburg Police are investigating and ask if you can help call 614-866-6622. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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