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Family grateful for return of dog stolen from Wawa

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>>> WELL, IT TOOK NEARLY THREE WEEKS BUT A DOG BELIEVED TO BE STOLEN FROM A WAWA CONVENIENCE STORE PARKING LOT IN PHILADELPHIA IS SAFE AND HOME TONIGHT. "EYEWITNESS NEWS" REPORTER ALICIA ROBERTS SPOKE TO THEO'S OWNERS ABOUT HOW THEIR BEST FRIEND WAS FINALLY FOUND. >> Reporter: THEO'S OWNERS TELL ME BACK ON NOTIFY 15th THEY STOPPED AT A WAWA NEAR THEIR FISHTOWN HOME LEAVING THEO IN THE CAR. WHEN THEY CAME OUT, THEIR DOOR WAS OPEN AND THEO WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.

>> WE DO BELIEVE HE WAS TAKEN. >> Reporter: NEARLY THREE WEEKS AGO TWO-YEAR-OLD THEO WENT MISSING. THE VERY NEXT MORNING HIS OWNERS NATALIE AND MATT STARTED SHARING HIS PHOTO ON FLYERS AND SOCIAL MEDIA. >> AS SOON AS WE SHARED THE SIGHTINGS PEOPLE CAME OUT TO TRY TO HELP BUT IT PROBABLY PUSHED HIM FURTHER AWAY INTO HIDING. >> Reporter: FOUR DAYS SOMEONE SPOTTED THEO. MATT IMMEDIATELY DROVE OVER BUT GETTING THEO WASN'T AS SIMPLE AS CALLING HIS NAME. >> ANIMALS IN THESE KIND OF DISTRESSING SITUATIONS TURN INTO A FERRELL STATE. FIGHT AND FLIGHT STATE. AND SO ANY PERSON, ANYONE CALLING TO THEM EVEN THEIR OWN OWNERS IS A PREDATOR TO THEM. NATALIE MATT CONNECTED WITH KATHLEEN AND GLEAN FROM SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY HUMANE TRACKING WHO HELPED THEM COMMIE UP WITH A PLAN TO LURE AND CATCH THEO.

>> ABLE TO ESTABLISH A ROUTINE OF HIS AND KNOW THAT HE WOULD SHOW UP EACH NIGHT LOOKING FOR FOOD. >> Reporter: AFTER SEVERAL FAILED ATTEMPTS, SATURDAY NIGHT THEO WAS SAFELY TRAPPED. >> HI. >> HONEY. >> THEO. >> HI, BABY. >> JUST WHINED AND CRIED AND WAGGED HIS TAIL AND LIKE HE KNEW THE WHOLE ORDEAL WAS OVER. >> Reporter: THEO SPENT MOST OF THE SUNDAY RESTING DESPITE LOSING ABOUT 10 POUNDS NATALIE AND MATT SAY HE'S DOING WELL. EVERYONE INCLUDING BROTHER FRANKIE GRATEFUL TO BE TOGETHER AGAIN. $5,000 REWARD WILL BE DIVIDED UP AMONG SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO HELPED BRING THEO HOME INCLUDING KATHLEEN AND GLENN FROM SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY HUMANE TRACKING. A GOFUNDME PAGE HAS ALSO BEEN SET UP FOR OTHER FAMILIES WHOSE PETS HAVE GONE.

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