DeKalb County

Owners offering $5,000 reward for return of dog missing after burglary

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A dog is missing after a burglary in DeKalb County, and his owners are desperate to get him back.

Papo, a 5-year-old French bulldog, has been with Andrew Johnson and his roommate for his whole life.

After Johnson’s Tillson Road home was burglarized on Friday, Papo went missing.

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A home surveillance camera shows someone turning the camera right before breaking in around 8 p.m.

Johnson told Channel 2 that the burglars pried open their windows to get inside and steal electronics. They’re not sure if the thieves took Papo or if he escaped during or after the burglary out of fear.

“I’m hoping he’s safe somewhere and not just roaming around. More than anything, I just want him to be safe,” Johnson said.

Flyers with Papo’s picture are floating around social media and in the neighborhood.

The owners are offering a $5,000 reward for his return with no questions asked.

“We’re trying to figure out a way to get him back,” Johnson said.

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The latest APD crime report shows that burglaries have risen by 27% compared to last year. They’ve jumped 55% in the last week.

Crime trends for DeKalb County weren’t readily available.

Johnson says they’ve taken measures to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“We’ve reinforced all of the windows and heightened up the alarm system and the cameras, and I think most people probably should do that as well. Because in hindsight, you can lose a lot,” he said.

If you know anything about where Papo may be, please call 305-992-1982.