Family appeal after van stolen from Dundalk with pet dog inside
The vehicle may have been used in a Belfast robbery
A family have urged a thief to return their beloved pet dog after a van was stolen from a petrol station in Co Louth.
Tim Mullins had stopped to buy a loaf of bread at Muckian's petrol station on the Carrick Road in Dundalk when the vehicle - belonging to Glen Gat Guesthouse - was stolen at 5.40pm on Monday, April 23.
12-year-old terrier Trixie, a birthday present for Mr Mullins' wife last October, was still inside as the van drove northwards.
Their daughter Helena said they were only interested in getting Trixie home safely.
After speeding northwards, CCTV footage shows that at 5.55pm they stopped at Casey's Eurospar garage in Crossmaglen to buy diesel, cigarettes, a baseball hat and shirt.
"We were told he was agitated and the staff just wanted to get him out of the shop as he was there for 10-15 minutes," said Helena.
"They changed the registration plates but that won't do much because our logos are all over the van."
The vehicle was last seen at 6.50pm driving at high speeds towards Newtownhamilton.
Mr Mullins has since been informed his van may have been used in a Belfast robbery on Monday night.
"My dad's fine, but it's very hard on my mum because she just loved that wee dog," said Helena.
"Trixie's 12 and she would run away if she didn't know an area.
"We don't want the van, we just want the dog. It's terrible to lose the van, but it's replaceable.
"We're overwhelmed by the amount of people that have shared the story because we've reached 100,000 on our own Facebook page. People are sharing it far and wide so we do have hope we'll get Trixie back.
"If someone has half a heart they will return her. There's a mobile number on her collar if it wasn't taken off."
The family have asked anyone who spots Trixie to call Glen Gat Guest House on 0429 337 938.
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