Was the Homewood high-priced dog heist an inside job?

Dog stolen from Homewood apartment
(Source: WBRC Video)
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HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) - A reward is being offered in a high-priced dog heist in Homewood. Police tell us the French bulldog was taken out of a crate Wednesday from an apartment just off U.S. 31.

Ritika Ramchandani coming home Wednesday to find her apartment door open and a missing member of her family - her French bulldog named Lilo, who was inside a crate at the time. She says the crate's door was closed from the outside. Ramchandani says there are no signs of forced entry into her apartment.

"I have so much confidence that I locked that door that morning. It's my apartment with my valuables in it like I'm not going to leave it unlocked in a place where I haven't felt secure here since I moved in," Ramchandani said.

Ramchandani says her dog doesn't have a collar on and is shy.  Ramchandani feels someone with access to her apartment took her high-priced pooch. She feels it could be an inside job.

"It's definitely an option. It's something to consider. Someone used a key like someone had to have used a key and come in here. I don't know what that means. I'm not accusing anyone but she's not here now," Ramchandani said.

Ramchandani and her friends are now putting out flyers around town in hopes someone will return Lilo. She's offering a $3,000 reward for a dog she loves more than anything.

"Everyone that has pets realizes that their children. That they're family and everyone is like, you've lost your baby and I can even how that could feel. I don't even feel safe in this apartment anymore. There's not one person in my place that doesn't think this wasn't foul play," Ramchandani said.

We're told other things like a box full of documents and some cash were also stolen. Homewood Police say they have reports a maintenance man expressed interest in her dog a few weeks ago. They are now looking into it. We're still waiting to hear back from the apartment complex.

To learn more about Lilo's disappearance or to contact Ramchandani, click here.

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