Two men and a woman were arrested this week for aggravated burglary and animal cruelty after they allegedly kicked a senior citizen’s dog while burglarizing her home as she mowed her lawn.
The crime happened on Sept. 20 at Yvonne Young’s home on McGavock Pike.
Police say Sarah Nicholson, 23, Chris Spain, 21, and Paul Harris, 31, were part of a group of four that entered the 74-year-old woman’s home through a garage door that was unlocked.
Once inside, the thieves reportedly kicked Young’s 12-year-old schnauzer mix Buddy, causing a deep puncture wound that caused him to go blind in the left eye.
Young said she heard Buddy barking inside the home while she was outside tending to her yard.
“I’ve never felt so violated in my whole life,” she told News 2 Friday after learning two suspects were arrested. I think that’s the most God awful feeling in the world, to know someone’s been touching your things.”
She added, “I love [Buddy], and I’d do anything to those SOBs that did this to him.”
The thieves reportedly took bank cards, a cell phone and a silverware setting. Officials say one of Young’s bank cards was used at the Kroger in Inglewood.
Surveillance video from the grocery store shows the four suspects as they arrived and departed in a large black SUV. A similar vehicle was spotted in Young’s neighborhood at the time of the burglary.
Nicholson and Spain were arrested Thursday and Harris was taken into custody Friday.
They were all booked in the Metro jail on charges of theft, aggravated burglary and animal cruelty.
Their bonds were set at $150,000 each.
One suspect remains at large. Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts is urged to call Metro police or Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.
- Oct. 30, 2014: Police: Thieves stole from woman while she mowed yard