Officers from Rugby Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) (Warwickshire Police) said they were delighted to reunite Blossom, a stolen Cockapoo puppy, with her owners at Rugby police station yesterday, Wednesday 5th May.
The SNT officers responded to a call that was made by a member of the public who had spotted a dog running in the road near Ryton Pools, Bubbenhall.
When officers arrived on the scene, they quickly befriended the dog and managed to convince it to get close enough to them so that they could lead it to safety.
As a precaution, the dog was taken to a local vet to ensure that she was not injured. The dog was identified at the vets, thanks to her microchip, as ‘Blossom’.
Blossom had been missing since Saturday afternoon after thieves stole her from a van parked outside the Spar supermarket in Lutterworth Road, Nuneaton, whilst her owner popped inside to do some shopping.
Officers are keen to talk with the driver of a light-coloured BMW car seen outside the shop at the time of the incident.
Inspector Sally Bunyard-Spiers, Rugby SNT, said
“We are happy that Blossom has been found safe and well and is reunited with her owners. Dog theft is a callous and emotive crime. Blossom was not just a pet to her owners; she was considered part of their family.
“Leads are being actively pursued in and around the area where Blossom was located, and we are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
“We are particularly interested in locating the driver of the BMW that was parked in the disabled space outside the Spar in Nuneaton at approximately 5.15 pm on Saturday.
“Anyone with information, web cam or other CCTV footage is asked to report this to us via our website or by calling 101 quoting incident number 274 of 1st May”.
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.