Dog reunited with owner after Amazon drivers' theft

From left, Parker County Sheriff’s Deputy Makyla Campbell, Amanda Phillips and dog RJ, and Parker County Property Crimes Investigator Ethan Stark pictured after Phillips was reunited with RJ following his theft by two local Amazon delivery drivers.

A young dachshund named RJ was reunited with his owner Tuesday after he was taken from the front yard of his home in southwest Parker County on July 5 by two Amazon local delivery drivers this week, according to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.

The two Amazon drivers were identified as Devanta Lynn Mooring, 25, and Mycah Keyona Wade, 22, Wednesday after warrants were issued for the two.

“The dog was in the front yard and an Amazon delivery person — it was a girl and her boyfriend delivering packages — and they saw the dog. The boyfriend actually got out, grabbed the wiener dog and there was a construction crew down the street and he asked the crew who the dog belonged to and the crew told them which house,” PCSO Property Crimes Investigator Ethan Stark said. “They took the dog in the van, drove down to the house and then left. Low and behold, they had dropped off the package, but they didn’t take the dog home. The victim got home and couldn’t find her dog, so they thought he was lost. They posted on Facebook: Lost, possibly stolen.”

RJ’s owner, Amanda Phillips, asked the construction crew about the incident and the crew told them what happened.

“Then they changed it to stolen. They posted it in their neighborhood app and one neighbor knew that white van was commonly an Amazon delivery truck, so that zeroed it in,” Stark said. “Then another neighbor, using a doorbell camera that same day, said they had delivered a package to their front porch so they provided a photo of the individual.”

Amazon was contacted by PCSO investigators and the woman, who was the driver, was identified. Investigators were then able to contact the 22-year-old woman’s father.

“Her dad called her immediately and addressed her like you would hope and she denied everything. But after I got her address and was headed there, I called her and she told me she was going to Lake Worth to get the dog, so she confessed to having the dog,” Stark said. “Basically, I met her in Lake Worth and she gave back the dog and I talked to the boyfriend and they both admitted to wrongdoing.”

Stark said an ad for the dog was located on Craigslist.

“There was no contact information, but we’re pretty sure it was RJ that was for sale on Craigslist for $100,” Stark said. “The ad immediately changed once I contacted the suspect.”

Those involved in the case were Stark, Deputy Makyla Campbell and Investigator Cliff Boltwood.

Phillips said she happy to have RJ back.

“It’s nice to have him back, he’s my baby,” Phillips said. “We were all devastated.”

Phillips’ mother-in-law, Kathy Phillips, also lives on the property.

“It was horrible not knowing what anybody had done to him,” Kathy said. “By the grace of God, this dog is home. It’s pretty ballsy to come in someone’s yard and take their pet.”

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said they don’t typically get good news in their line of work.

“Sometimes we don’t receive good news, but this is one of those rare instances that worked out just fine and the dog is home,” Fowler said. 

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