Trenton couple says robbers held them at gunpoint while they stole new puppy, locksmith equipment

Couple was at Romulus apartment complex for locksmith job

Thieves steal a Trenton couple's new puppy, and the dog is not the only thing those thieves got away with. That couple is asking for anyone to come forward to help them get their puppy back, and they're hopeful because it appears taking the dog was not planned.

ROMULUS, Mich. – A couple from Trenton said robbers held them at gunpoint outside a Romulus apartment complex while they stole their new puppy -- but that wasn’t the main thing they were after.

The couple was there for a locksmith job. The robbers stole a tablet Jason uses to quickly make a new car key.

Jason and Amber said they each had guns pointed at them when they arrived at the Gateway Townhomes complex in Romulus at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (June 29) night.

“This was a total set up,” Jason said.

When they arrived to do the locksmith job, two men with hoods jumped out with guns.

“Somebody ran around behind me and stuck a gun into my side,” Jason said. “I didn’t know at the time, but at the same time somebody had a gun in my wife’s face.”

Amber was in the front seat of the van with the puppy in her lap.

“I begged them. I said, ‘please don’t take my dog. Please,’” Amber said.

They have only had their French bulldog/Boston terrier mix for three weeks.

“It’s just traumatizing,” Amber said. “He was our baby.”

The robbery happened in a dead-end street in the Gateway Townhomes in Romulus while children played in the yards nearby.

He said the robbers were after a tablet he uses to make a new car key quickly.

Local 4 has an update to a story we brought you last month at six as a stolen puppy has been returned to his owners. You may remember Jason and Amber's new puppy was stolen last month in Romulus. The couple showed up for a locksmith job when two other men wearing hoodies jumped out with guns. Well, this week, the french bulldog mix named Rocky was reunited with his family. Detectives are still trying to find the people responsible for the dog abduction. If you have any information, contact Romulus police.

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