Durham County

15-year-old’s first puppy stolen. Sitter blamed, but forgiven. Dognappers sought.

Pit bull puppy Luna was reportedly stolen from her owners’ yard on June 18.
Pit bull puppy Luna was reportedly stolen from her owners’ yard on June 18. Durham County Sheriff’s Office

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the dognapping of pit bull puppy “Luna” from a Durham yard.

Witnesses told detectives they saw two men in an unidentified, red-colored car lure four-month-old Luna out of a yard in the 2400 block of East Geer Street on June 18.

“Luna’s owners were away from their home at the time of the alleged larceny,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tamara Gibbs said.

Luna was the first dog that Yoselin Aguilar, 15, ever owned.

When Yoselin and her family went on a day trip to Kitty Hawk on June 18, Yoselin asked her 18-year-old friend to check-in on Luna to ensure the puppy was doing OK while her family was away.

The dog-sitter let Luna outside the house but forgot to let her back in.

Yoselin returned from the beach and asked, “Where’s Luna? Have you seen Luna?” she said.

The dog-sitter replied, “Oh, I forgot to put her back in. She’s probably running around in the yard or over at the other houses,” Yoselin said.

Yoselin, looking for Luna, walked to a neighbor’s house and learned Luna had been stolen.

Yoselin does not hold any resentment toward her dog-sitter friend, she said.

Anyone with information about Luna or the dognappers is asked to call the Durham County Sheriff’s Office at 919-560-0900 or Durham CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

CrimeStoppers offers cash reward for information leading to an arrest in felony crimes only. The public can submit anonymous crime tips at crimetip@durhamsheriff.org.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks