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Stolen van: Owners appeal for return of pet dog

The owners of a pet terrier who remains missing after the van she was travelling in was stolen from a filling station in Dundalk a week ago have set up a Facebook page in a desperate attempt to be reunited with their beloved pup.

The “Bring Trixie Home” page was set up by owner Tim Mullins after his van, which contained the 12 year old terrier, was stolen from Muckian’s petrol station on the Carrick Road in Dundalk around 5.40pm on Monday last (23rd April).  

Having sped towards the border, the van was captured on CCTV around 15 minutes later at Casey’s garage in Crossmaglen where the driver stopped to buy diesel and cigarettes, as well as a baseball hat and t-shirt.   The vehicle was then spotted driving at high speed towards Newtownhamilton at 6.50pm.

Mr Mullins was later informed by police that his stolen van had been used in a burglary in Crumlin, County Antrim, at around 11.45pm on Monday night. 

The van was subsequently found in Dunmurry in Belfast the following night, having been driven into a ditch and burnt out.  In a further twist, the burnt out van was stolen from the side of the road again before Mr Mullins could recover it. 

Confirming that Trixie was not in the van when it was discovered in Dunmurry, her heartbroken owners continue to appeal for information,

“We know that the dog was not in the van at it’s last location thankfully BUT someone has to know or have seen something,” their Facebook post read. 

“Please share any info you have.”

Appealing for anyone with information to contact police, PSNI Sergeant James McKelvey said,

 “It appears that the vehicle used in this crime was stolen during a burglary in Co Louth on Monday, April 23.

“It was found completely burnt out on Ballycolin Road, Dunmurry on Tuesday evening, a number of hours after the Crumlin burglary. It was later removed from that location by persons unknown, before the owners could have it recovered.

“Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information can contact police by calling 101, quoting reference number 35, April 24, 2018.”