Dog In Stolen Truck Reunited With Owners After Cops Shoot Thief

Monkey was inside the couple's pickup when Anthony Chilcott stole the vehicle on Nov. 22.

Black Diamond, WA – A Washington couple was reunited with their beloved poodle three days after he was stolen by a carjacker who took off with their 2018 Ford Raptor pickup.

Monkey, a four-year-old poodle, had accompanied his owner to his construction job site earlier that day, KIRO reported.

“He’s on the job site, rides in the excavators with me,” Carl Sanders told the news outlet. “He’s by my side or [my wife] Stephanie’s side at all times. He never leaves us.”

After work on Nov. 22, Carl and Monkey pulled off at a Cenex station on Third Avenue to get fuel.

While the pump and vehicle were running, Carl ran inside the store to grab a drink, KIRO reported.

But when he glanced back outside, he realized that someone was stealing his vehicle – and his beloved Monkey.

“I looked out the window and saw my truck flying out of the parking lot right in front of me,” Carl told KING. “As I ran out the door, there was nothing I could do at that time.”

“My truck is flying by me – right in front of me – with Monkey staring at me like, ‘What’s going on, Papa? I don’t like this,'” he explained to KIRO.

Security footage from the gas station showed the suspect as he sped off from the pumps with the fueling nozzle still attached to the vehicle, KCPQ reported.

Police later identified the suspect as 36-year-old Anthony Chilcott.

Black Diamond police searched for Chilcott and the Sanders’ vehicle all weekend, but it was nowhere to be found.

On Monday, a King County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the stolen pickup and attempted a traffic stop, but Chilcott took off at a high rate of speed, KING reported.

A Washington State Patrol trooper found the truck again a short while later, but was also unable to catch up with it.

As law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions converged on the area, two King County Sheriff’s detectives in an unmarked vehicle located the pickup in the 35200-block of Veazie Cumberland Road Southeast, KING reported.

Chilcott and Monkey were both inside.

But the suspect wasn’t about to surrender. He instead began ramming the detectives’ vehicle, leading to a physical altercation, according to police.

Both detectives opened fire on Chilcott, who was struck multiple times in the head, KCPQ reported.

He died of his wounds at the scene.

Monkey jumped out the pickup window during the chaos, but was located by a deputy a short distance away.

He had blood on his head, but did not suffer any injuries, according to KIRO.

The Sanders’ responded to the scene, where they were reunited with their beloved poodle, KCPQ reported.

The deputies involved in the deadly altercation were both treated at the scene for lacerations to their hands.

“Unfortunately in all this, there was a loss of life,” Carl told KIRO. “He made his choice. He had choices to not do it, he had choices to not commit the crime, and he had several choices to give up, and he did not do that.”

The couple’s vehicle was totaled, but they said that having Monkey safe at home was the only thing that mattered to them.

“I’m a very lucky man, because we have our puppy back today,” Carl told KIRO. “He is the apple of our eye.”

Chilcott, a career criminal, had most recently been arrested on Oct. 28, after he attempted to escape and brawled with police as they tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant, KIRO reported.

He also allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damages to a patrol vehicle during the melee.

On Nov. 13, he was released from the King County Jail on his own recognizance.

“One of the very unfortunate things is, Anthony Chilcott has committed a lot of bad crimes and has served very little time,” Carl told KIRO. “And it’s just disgusting, because this never should have happened in the first place.”

“I certainly hope that the judge will see this story and come to some realization that this has to stop,” he added. “There are too many innocent victims for no reason.”

Carl said he is thankful for the law enforcement officers who worked to get Monkey home safely.

“I really want to thank the Black Diamond Police Department for their nonstop [work],” he told KIRO. “They’re working night and day on this.”

The Seattle Police Department is handling the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shooting, KING reported.

Both detectives have been placed on administrative leave, as per protocol, pending the outcome of the investigation, according to KOMO.

Comments (27)
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NomonK
NomonK

Happy the Fur Buddy was safe and got back into the loving care of his Pack. Love it when the Underdog becomes the Top Dog.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

That’s why you should never leave your car running and walk away with it. At least there is one less POS on the street and a happy ending, except for the Raptor.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Love a happy ending! 💪🏼💙🐩🇺🇸

gfc1963
gfc1963

A career criminal meets his end. Fandabidoozie!

Divadeb
Divadeb

It really is about choices&whether we want to live in prison or die bc of our actions. I am so glad the poodle pup was not harmed&was reunited with the family that truly loved&adored him. I get angry&confused why ppl would choose the wrong path,equally mad when they use their childhood or circumstances to committ crimes or deliberately harm animals or ppl. I had a bad childhood&as an adult live in poverty,I would never choose the wrong path. God Bless our #Heroes I am so proud of those who Serve&it truly takes special,brave,courageous ppl to Serve(excluding the bad ones). Thank you all who Serve.🇺🇸🗽🙏🙏🙏🙏💙💙💙❤❤❤

pixiepup
pixiepup

Glad dog was safe. Criminal should never have been released from jail!

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

The guy is a dumb ass for leaving the truck running!! However, I’m glad the bad guy is taking a permanent dirt nap! One less thug .

Bud
Bud

On Nov. 13, he was released from the King County Jail on his own recognizance. That says it all. If the Judge had been responsible none of this would have happened.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

the perp won't be stealing any more vehicle..for sure, LOVE happy Endings...for both the dog and his family AND what happened to the low life that caused so much trauma in this FAMILY

bluerudithor
bluerudithor
  1. Judges need to stop re-releasing convicted repeat offenders and putting them on the street to commit more crimes. 2. Cops who shoot a suspect (repeat offender) who has prior convictions, and who is in the process of a crime, especially running away from the scene of a crime and ramming a patrol car trying to cause injury or death to an LEO, should not be "investigated or interrogated" period. That cop who shoots the perpetrator is doing HIS job, and risking his own life in doing so. That's why we pay LEO's to stop crime from happening by criminals and repeat offenders. Never before now, was it a crime for a Law Enforcement Officer to shoot and kill a criminal in the act of a crime. Stop making the 'offending criminal' the victim, because, he is not the victim. In this case, the dog was the victim, and thank God Monkey is alive and home again with his mom and dad, but I do have a bit of advice for dad, and any dog owner: please lock your doors when leaving the vehicle running with the gas pump still attached and a dog inside. That poor baby must have been terrified. Give him a kiss from the State of Georgia and a mommy who has 2 little pups named Rudi and Thor. Your dog is your baby forever. God bless all our LEO's. Merry Christmas!
Janken
Janken

Never take a chance with your car running. So many idiots have been produced anymore

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

I bet it was A LIBERAL, DEMO RAT JUDGE THAT RELEASED HIM.

DR226
DR226

Poor Monkey most likely didn't eat for three days. Glad it ended well, Monkey and his family safe.

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

I doubt the dogs owners will leave the car running ever again. Judges need to keep these thugs in jail, or, release them into their own homes so they can be accountable for what happens. Unfortunately those injured by these thugs can't sue the judicial system for their asinine decisions. This happens all the time, why do they keep releasing them??

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Puked up DEAD feces bag. Ha ha. Tax payers should be allowed to crap on his corpse.

Rj's
Rj's

The only question I had was the Truck Running while being fueled? Is that ok in there state it not in mine, or are we assuming it was running and it was not but he did leave the keys in the truck?

Bulldog
Bulldog

I often bring my dogs with me when I run errands like when I go to the pet store because they come in the store with me. If I run into a convenience store for a cup of coffee I always lock my vehicle. Even if I am pumping gas but have to go in the store to pay for it my vehicle is locked. I am so glad that Monkey was found safe and returned to his owners. You can bet he will never make that mistake again

CivilianMark
CivilianMark

Sad about the damaged vehicles.

TheHammer
TheHammer

Chilcott was a career criminal. Although he wasn't very good at it he had a nice retirement party.

JeffJ57
JeffJ57

All incidents like this should have this kind of Happy Ending.