Shih Tzu, shotgun stolen in burglary of west Athens home


A photo of a gray Shih Tzu (Not Charlie)

By Joe Johnson

A Shih Tzu and a shotgun reportedly were stolen over the weekend during a burglary of a home on Lavender Road.

According to the 25-year-old victim, she and three acquaintances were hanging out at her home before leaving to go to a nightclub at 11 p.m. Saturday, according to a police incident report.

Upon returning home at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, the woman found that her back-bedroom window had been shattered, and her gray Shih Tzu, named Charlie was gone, as was a .22-caliber shotgun that had been leaning against her dresser, according to the report.

A side door was damaged in an attempt to pry a window from its frame, the report noted.

According to the woman, she wasn’t friends with the three females who were in her home and with whom she went to the club.

However, the victim said she noticed that one of the females had been “very observant with items in her apartment,” according to the report.

She also said she parted ways with her companions after arriving at the nightclub, and believed that the female who was being observant left the club in order to burglarize her home, according to the report.

The incident report noted that the broken bedroom window was six feet from the ground and that an officer located several shoe patterns in the wet grass leading up to the window, which indicated that more than one suspect may have been involved in the break-in.

The total value of Charlie, the shotgun and the damaged windows was $2,000, according to the police report.

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