Burglars take Gibsonton family’s dog and urn containing grandparents

UPDATE: The dog, Harley, has been located. He is safe.

The dog was sold in Seffner, and friend of the couple’s son saw photos on Facebook.

PREVIOUS STORY: GIBSONTON, FL (WFLA) –  Laura and Rob Beck are heartbroken. Sometime between 11 a.m. and Noon Wednesday, someone broke into their Gibsonton home through the back door. The brazen burglars rummaged through their belongings and made off with a few of the Beck’s possessions.


They took two things the Beck’s desperately want back, their beloved dog ‘Harley’ an English bulldog and a small silver, heart shaped urn, containing the ashes of Laura Beck’s grandparents.

“We’re empty nesters, all our kids are grown, that’s all we have, is our baby,” Laura Beck said.

The urn was in a small velvet box. The Beck’s think the burglars may have thought it was valuable.

Among the items the crooks made off with, were three unopened bottles of Crown Royal liquor.

They broke keepsakes and tore the couple’s bedroom apart.

But none of that matters to them, they just want their dog back… and the precious urn with Laura’s grandparents who died 10 years ago.

“Why that, would be something that somebody would want to take that’s just cruel,” Beck said.


The Beck’s created flyers and hit the streets Thursday night, handing out flyers to everyone in the neighborhood asking if they’ve seen ‘Harley’.

As they did, we saw Hillsborough County Sheriff’s detectives investigating in the neighborhood as well.

The Beck’s said theft feels like the crooks ripped out their hearts and stole one of their children.

“I’m just so broken over them taking the dog. Who does that? Who breaks into someone’s house and takes a member of their family. Who does that?, ” Laura said. Rob added, “It bothers me. That’s my dog.”

Detectives have some leads. They are following up on as many as they can.

If you have any information call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office or email Laura and Robert Beck at lm.beck@yahoo.com.


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