A dog is safe and reunited with its owner after being found tied to a vehicle in St. Paul.
According to Woodbury Public Safety, Violet the Labradoodle was sitting in a black Lexus SUV when four males stole the vehicle from a Walgreens parking lot located at 1615 Queens Drive on Sunday.
The dog was found tied to a parked vehicle outside and apartment building in St. Paul, police said Monday morning. It's unclear how long the dog was left outside. Police did not say that the family's Lexus has been recovered.
The dog was stolen by a group of four males, with Woodbury Public Safety saying the suspects were first seen earlier in the day prowling the parking lot of the Health East Sports Center at 4125 Radio Drive. Police described the suspects' behavior as follows:
"As patrons arrived and entered the rink, and activity in the lot quiets, the suspects exited their vehicles and began checking vehicles parked in the lot. While prowling the parking lot, the suspects moved their vehicles, and when they found something of interest- whether it’s a purse in a vehicle or a key fob, they took action."
Anyone with information about the suspects – described by police as four black males, three in dark-colored clothes and one wearing a reflective vest – is urged to call Woodbury Public Safety at 651-439-9381.