Broward County

Someone stole his mail. Then, his pit bull. But what they really got was his ‘heart.’

As if stealing his mail weren’t bad enough — mail theft is a federal crime — a persistent thief went a step further when he broke a man’s heart.

According to Davie police, a man, seen on a surveillance video the department released Tuesday, exited a gold Chevrolet Impala after driving slowly by the victim’s house on Aug. 7. The man, wearing an olive or brown T-shirt and shorts, then removed mail from the box in the front yard and casually re-entered his car.

But then the same driver returned two days later, on Aug. 9, and got into the victim’s house, where he walked off with a friendly pit bull female that is seen wagging its tail as the suspect led her away on a leash from the home in the 4700 block of 66th Court.

“Do you recognize this man who broke into a house and stole someone’s pet?” Davie police ask in their Facebook post. “Please share this video so that we can get Stella back to her owner.”

As of Wednesday, the video had been shared more than 1,000 times and viewed more than 20,000 times.

Stella is an 8-month-old black-and-white pit bull female weighing 83 pounds, police say. She has a mole on the left side of her nose, a bluish-gray left eye and a bluish-white right eye.

The suspect is a thin male with his hair tied in a “man bun,” police say. When he took the dog he was dressed in a fluorescent lime green vest with orange stripes, patterned blue shorts and a cap.

For the dog’s owner, Terrell Harris, 34, the theft of Stella is devastating.

“What was taken was my heart,” Harris told WSVN. “That’s my dog. This is my love, man. I’ll do whatever I have to do to get my dog back. This is a part of my family.”

Davie police ask that you call them at 954-693-8200 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 if you recognize the suspect or know of Stella’s whereabouts. A tipster could be eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.

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