PLYMOUTH, Minnesota — Editor's note: The video above first aired Jan. 11, 2022. It involves a separate stolen dog case.
A Plymouth couple has been reunited with their puppy Mona, after their vehicle was stolen early Tuesday morning with the dog inside.
The theft happened just before 6:30 a.m. at the Holiday Station just off Highway 169 and Rockford Road. The owner of the 2014 black Mazda 3 Hatchback pulled in to fill up, then ran in quickly to get something to drink.
He said he clicked "lock" on his key fob but the vehicle apparently did not lock, perhaps because it was running. When he returned the vehicle was gone and so was their 10-month-old pup Mona, who was being taken to doggie daycare.
The owners say Plymouth Police told them a woman living in an apartment complex a few blocks from the gas station noticed the vehicle by its description late Wednesday afternoon, with Mona still inside. Police called them, and a joyous reunion followed.
"She was super excited, went crazy, lots of jumping, kissing and that stuff," said Mona's owner.
The couple says Mona really belongs to their 2-year-old daughter, who "just thought Mona was on an adventure, and now she's home."
The owners say the vehicle was found in good condition (other than a couple of piddle spots), but a dashcam, a pair of prescription sunglasses and a satchel/briefcase with diabetes medicine were stolen. They figure the vehicle was taken to see if something valuable inside, and then promptly dumped in the apartment parking lot.
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