Crayola, one of two show dogs stolen Dec. 9 in Conyers, was recovered during a Clayton drug raid Jan. 2. She’s now awaiting a reunion with her Jacksonville, Florida family.

CONYERS — A show dog from Florida, stolen on Dec. 9 from a gas station in Conyers, was safely recovered Jan. 2 following a drug raid at a home in Clayton County.

Crayola, an American bully, and Hero, a French bulldog, were in their Jacksonville, Fla., family’s red Dodge Charger when they stopped at the Exxon gas station on Salem Road in Rockdale County to get gas and snacks following a dog show at the Georgia International Horse Park on Dec. 9. Seconds after Julian Roldan and his family walked from their vehicle into the store, thieves swiped the car with the dogs still inside.

The family posted a $5,000 no-questions-asked reward for the return of the dogs and was able to recover Hero a few days after the theft, but there was no sign of Crayola.

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office was investigating the theft.

Meanwhile, according a WSB TV report, investigators with the South Fulton Police Department have been investigating gang and narcotic activity for several months in their city.

The investigation culminated on Jan. 2 with the serving of two search warrants at an apartment and a home in College Park. They executed the warrants and discovered more than 20 guns, illegal drugs, cash, a stolen car and Crayola. Police have five or six suspects in custody.

A family friend took Crayola home until the family can make their way back to Atlanta from Jacksonville to pick her up.

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Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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