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Police investigating a $2,500 Chihuahua stolen from a Shakopee pet store on Monday were lead to a surprising discovery about 40 miles away.

The Volkswagon Passat that sped off with the 9-week-old puppy inside was caught on Petland's surveillance video. The license plate was traced to a home in Northfield, according to the Northfield News.

Upon executing a search warrant, officers discovered a "good sized" marijuana-growing operation with enough paraphernalia to load a pickup truck.

The homeowner and mother of the suspect told police she recalled hearing a dog barking, but her son was headed somewhere out of state.

The woman also confirmed knowing about the pot operation. She said it belonged to her adult children and wasn't her concern, according to Northfield Interim Police Chief Chuck Walerius.

Possible charges could be filed pending an investigation by the Rice County Attorney's Office.

As for the puppy, the search continues.

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