An East Boston woman’s beloved yellow lab and SUV were found Monday afternoon in an Everett cemetery, bringing a happy ending to a terrible situation.
Longtime Eastie resident Rosa Nese stopped at Saratoga Market behind Royal’s Roast Beef to play the lottery Sunday morning after visiting her mom’s grave in Winthrop. Thinking the quick errand would only take a few minutes she left her car running and her yellow lab, Chief, in the back seat.
However, when she returned to the parking lot her 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and Chief were gone.
Video surveillance footage from outside the store showed an older male with grey hair wearing a blue shirt, dark pants, a white teeshirt and sneakers carrying a florescent green backpack walk up to Nese’s SUV open the door, climb in and drive away.
Nese told reporters she immediately reported her missing dog and SUV to police.
Chief was a rescue dog that Nese adopted after her mom passed away. All day and night on Sunday, Nese made desperate pleas on Boston’s news stations for the return of her dog, saying she could care less about the car. Nese became increasingly concerned because Chief requires daily medicine for severe allergies.
Facebook posts offered a $500 reward for the safe return of Chief. Harbor Hounds, a dog daycare center in the neighborhood as well as Missing Dogs Massachusetts in Peabody all pitched into the effort to help Nese find Chief.
On Sunday night the Saratoga Market’s video surveillance picked up Nese’s car returning to the exact spot where it was stolen, but the thief seemed to get spooked by the presence of someone in the parking lot and again took off.
Monday afternoon the dog and SUV were found abandoned in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett and Nese and Chief had a tearful reunion before 5 p.m.
“It felt terrific, it was like a sigh of relief,” she told reporters.
Monday evening police arrested 50-year-old David Brady and he will be arraigned in East Boston District Court.