Flash forward as beloved blind dog Bowie is found 300km from his home, after his theft sparked a desperate search.
A beloved blind dog that was allegedly stolen from a family home has been found safe some 300km away.
Bowie, a blind tricolor Australian Shepherd, was abducted from his home in Southport on the Gold Coast on Wednesday.
Police allege that a group broke into the Regatta Pde address between 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. that day.
The Durnam family returned home to find their prized pet, car, and other personal items missing, while the items were scattered throughout the home.
CCTV footage released by Queensland Police shows Bowie sitting in a car on a servo over the Queensland-NSW border, as an unknown man fills up the vehicle.
They find Bowie, the blind dog, about 300 kilometers from his home
Several items were allegedly stolen during the incident, including a gray 2022 Hyundai Tucson estate van with Queensland registration 021FO8, within which Bowie was driven from his home.
The car was intercepted by the New South Wales police, and Bowie was found safe near Nambucca Heads on the north coast of the state.
A 48-year-old man has been arrested and is expected to be charged with property crimes.
The Durman family, whose home was raided, was reportedly on a ski trip at the time.
“Once we realized Bowie was gone, the cars and everything was irrelevant,” father Luke Durman told 7NEWS.
“The focus was that we just wanted Bowie back.”
Bowie’s family returned from a ski trip to find items scattered around the living room and photos of babies in their toilets.
Chilling CCTV footage showed Bowie allegedly being taken away by an unknown driver
They returned to their Gold Coast home to find food and other items scattered around the living room, clothing and personal documents missing, and baby photos lying in the bathrooms.
The Durmans also told 7NEWS that it was not in Bowie’s nature to run away and that some of his belongings, such as necklaces, had also gone missing after the raid.
This has led them to feel certain that it was stolen.
CCTV footage released by police on Thursday afternoon showed a man attending a service station in Yamba, NSW at around 4:30pm.
Bowie could be seen in the footage, sitting in the front seat of the car and looking around the station after the man got out of the vehicle to speak to the cashier inside.
Police said they would like to speak to the man pictured, who has a slim build, Caucasian appearance, and short brown hair. Hours later, they made an arrest.