TIJERAS, N.M. (KRQE) - A bizarre attempted theft in broad daylight has one family so spooked they are warning other dog owners to be on the lookout for a possible "dognapper" on the loose.
Lee and Katie Bisbee say they almost lost their dog Gracie Rose last week, right out of their front yard.
"If they're willing to come to our yard out in the middle of nowhere, I'm sure they'll find somebody in housing development somewhere," said Lee.
It happened around 4:30 p.m. on Monday at Lee and Katie's home in the Mockingbird neighborhood off Highway 337 in Tijeras. Lee had just returned home from work and was inside his home when his five dogs picked up on something nearby and began barking frantically.
"I kept hearing them go on and on and on," said Lee.
Outside, Lee found his gate open and saw a suspicious car parked alongside his property, something that rarely happens.
"There was a blue car sitting there, a blue four door Corola," said Lee.
Lee says the man began calling for his dog.
"He was coaxing somebody trying to say, ‘come on, come on, come on with me!,'" said Lee.
Lee believes the man was trying to grab Gracie Rose, his 8-month old, pit bull mix, the smallest dog on the lot. When Lee spotted the man, he says the man got back in his car and took off. He hasn't seen it since.
While someone broke into their home about three years ago, Lee and Katie say they've never seen anything like this.
"And to be bold enough to open the gate even when my husbands home, the car is in the driveway, doors wide open, that's just crazy," said Katie.
The two are now getting other people involved by posting warnings at the nearby 10 Points General Store on Highway 337.
"If somebody hasn't noticed them, it's the first thing I point out, because everybody needs to be on the lookout," said Georgia Brady, an employee at the 10 Points General Store.
So far, Lee, Katie and Georgia say they haven't heard any other similar reports of dognapping in the area.
Lee and Katie believe a white man and woman were driving the car that stopped at their house. The car is described as a small blue four-door Toyota Corola.
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