DILLON, SC (WMBF) - It is a homeowner's worst nightmare: Returning home only to find your house has been broken into.
That was exactly the case for one Dillon woman who discovered her house on Owen Street had been ransacked Wednesday evening after attending a local church service.
But the horror didn't stop there.
After Bonnie Bowens called 9-1-1, police arrived to the scene of the ransacking only to find a home turned upside-down and her dog inside of the oven.
Bowen tells WMBF News she was nothing less than terrified at the discovery.
"At first I called her, and Penny didn't come," Bowens said. "I didn't see Penny and that's when I saw the light on in the stove."
That is when investigators concluded that whoever broke into the home did it intentionally. Reports say a chair had been propped in front of the oven to keep the dog from escaping.
This type of crime is something that many investigators in the case have never seen, and because of that, they are more determined to find the person responsible.
"I've been with the department for nine years, and this is the first time I've seen something like this," said James Hayes of the Dillon Police Department.
Police say they were not successful in lifting the intruder's fingerprints when surveying the crime scene Wednesday night. They are hoping a neighbor saw or heard the crime and are turning to the public for help.
Anyone with more information on the incident is asked to call local police at (843) 774-0051.