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Chihuahua reunited with owners after burglary led to it going missing

A Chihuahua that went missing after burglars broke into and smashed up a woman’s home was quickly reunited with his owner.

Detectives are following lines of enquiry and appealing for witnesses after responding to reports of a burglary in Brierley Cottages, Sutton-in-Ashfield, shortly before 3am yesterday (Wednesday 7 July).

It is believed the dog escaped after offenders broke in through the front door before ransacking the property. The victim’s television and ornaments were smashed during the break-in and officers are still ascertaining what, if anything, was stolen.

The pet was found by a dog warden nearby and officers worked with the warden to return him to his owner.

Chief Inspector Amy Styles-Jones, who is Nottinghamshire Police’s lead for dog theft, said: “While we currently believe the animal escaped in fear rather than being stolen, as a dog owner myself I can understand how upsetting it would be for your dog to go missing.

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“I’m pleased he was quickly found and returned thanks to some swift action. As our response to this distressing incident shows, our officers will do everything they can to help, showing their commitment to serving the public in the best way possible.

“In relation to the case, officers are working to identify and locate those responsible for this crime.

“People should rightly be able to feel safe in their own homes which is why the force treats all reports of burglary extremely seriously and is committed to bringing offenders to justice.

“Our investigation is ongoing, including carrying out house-to-house enquiries and checking CCTV footage, and we have increased reassurance patrols in the area.

“To help us with our enquiries I’m urging anyone who was in the area around the time who has any information to please get in touch with us. Similarly it is vital that we hear from anyone who was driving or walking in the area who may have captured something, either on their mobile phone or dash cam.”

Anyone who has any information should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 46 of 7 July 2021, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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