An Ohio man has been reunited with his dog that was stolen by an armed thief who carjacked him then decided to keep his dog Franz for himself. 

Cleveland police found Mike Reed’s 5-year-old miniature schnauzer after crooks got away with wallet, cellphone and car. 

Reed didn’t care about any of that. 

He just wanted his dog back.

After nearly a week, he finally got his wish. 

“I almost wanna cry because I never thought I’d see my little guy again,” Reed told Cleveland 19 on Monday.

“He’s everything to me. He waits at the door for me to get home for work. He’s waking me up in the morning to go outside.”

It happened on November 19 outside of Cleveland Beverage and Deli when armed thieves carjacked Reed at gunpoint and drove away with his dog still inside. 

“I was so worried,” Reed recalled. 

“I was having nightmares that he was stuck, wrapped up in that towel in the dumpster at the liquor store. Just terrible.”

After being robbed, police found Reed’s car within a couple of hours and arrested one suspect, who later admitted he had the dog. 

“This is my baby,” Reed said. 

“This is like my child. 

Detectives said good police work led to the recovery of Franz. 

Police used the GPS inside of the vehicle to track the stolen car and eventually arrested the man driving.

During questioning, the man admitted he intended to keep the dog for himself, but he eventually showed them where he was hiding Franz. 

Reed says he’s thankful and credits police for returning his dog home safely. 

“They kept up the hard work, and East Cleveland working together with Cleveland together they made this happen. They really did and I’m so grateful for them,” he said. 

Now Reed says he plans on having a microchip implanted in Franz, so something like this never happens again.

By Ben Keller

Ben has been an independent journalist since 2013 covering issues from police abuse, civil rights, as was as state, local and federal political corruption. Before becoming a journalist, Ben spent his young adult life in sales before attending the University of Texas where he studied literature and philosophy and participated in on-campus activities, which inspired his career as a journalist. You can email Ben @

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