Two weeks ago, a man’s Honda Civic was stolen from an Orange County gas station with his dog Miles inside.
Wednesday, police located the missing vehicle at a business complex at East Lincoln Avenue and North Glassell Street in the city of Orange. Inside was a deceased Miles, who police say died from either starvation or dehydration.
The vehicle’s owner had offered a $1,000 reward to find the dog. "I'm not worried about the vehicle," Larry Burgoon said after the theft. "I'm worried about getting Miles back. The car, the contents of the car, they're replaceable. Miles is not."
Burgoon’s 2014 Honda Civic was stolen from a Chevron parking lot at Tustin Street and Taft Avenue in the city of Orange on Mar. 26 around 4:45 a.m., according to the Orange Police Department.
Surveillance video captured a white, 2010 to 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck with at least three occupants pulling into the Chevron lot a few seconds after the Honda arrived.
When the owner of the Honda went inside the get some coffee, a woman acted as the lookout while one of the men got into the Honda and drove away.
In the backseat was the victim's 40-pound Cocker Spaniel/Papillon mix rescue dog Miles.
Miles was so special to Burgoon and his fiancée, they postponed their wedding to take care of him after he collapsed and needed life-saving surgery.
Three people were being sought by police in connection with the theft. The first is a white or Hispanic man with a shaved head, wearing tan pants and black sweatshirt.
The second person is a white or Hispanic woman with long black hair, wearing blue jeans and a black sweatshirt.
The third person is the driver of the white Ford F-150 pick-up truck and cannot be seen in the surveillance video.