Family members mourn loss of pet following burglary

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Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating a residential burglary and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the suspect(s) involved.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the incident occurred Tues., April 9, in the 300 block of Harmony Circle in Parker County.

A Sheriff’s report states a man went to his mother’s home and observed the front door standing open. When he entered, he discovered his 11-year-old pit bull, Moline was deceased in the living room of the residence with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Numerous items were reported stolen from the residence including a .22 rifle, a nail gun, 10 case knives, an impact drill and driver and a gym bag.

The dog owner, identified as Tom Soap, is saddened by the loss of Moline and said he has had her since she was 6-weeks old.

“She was a family member,” Soap said.

Soap also reported the suspect(s) took a pillow case from one of the bedrooms and filled it with jewelry and other items but left it inside the garage of the residence.

The house was left in disarray with overturned beds, drawers rummaged through and personal items strewn about in several rooms.

Anyone with information concerning the case is urged to contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 817-594-8845, or Parker County Crime Stoppers at (817) 599-5555. Callers may remain anonymous when calling the Crime Stoppers hotline.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspect(s) involved.

“The Sheriff’s Office takes home burglaries and crimes against animals seriously,” Fowler said. “Moline’s death is an outrage.”

Fowler vowed to add an additional $1,000 to the reward for information leading to an arrest for Moline’s killer.

The reward will be paid from the Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Cruelty reward fund.

The suspect(s) involved face charges of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony and cruelty to non-livestock animals/torture, a state jail felony.

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