Crime

Homeless man and exotic dancer accused of stealing service dog valued at $4,500

A homeless man and an exotic dancer are accused of stealing a $4,500 PTSD service dog and leaving his two young children at a Winifred Lane home Wednesday for hours, Columbus police said.

Jimmy Lee Gonzales, 39, and Kimberly Jordan, 24, face one count each of felony theft by taking, misdemeanor obstruction of law enforcement and two counts of cruelty to children. Both were taken to the Muscogee County Jail and later freed on bond.

Police said Gonzales and Jordan were captured on video as they left the home with a post-traumatic stress disorder service dog named Whiz that is valued at $4,500. Left behind at the home were his two children, ages 6 and 10, for several hours.

During the investigation, police said Gonzales and Jordan gave false information to police and hindered the investigation.

Gonzales and Jordan were arrested about 4:15 p.m. at the Public Safety Center.

Police were still searching for Whiz early Friday.

Anyone with information concerning the dog’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Columbus Police Department at 706-653-3300.

Staff writer Sarah Robinson contributed to this report.

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