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Stolen van found burnt out in Belfast is missing again

Search continues for pet dog taken with the vehicle

By Allan Preston

A van stolen from Dundalk with a dog inside is missing again after the burnt out vehicle was removed from a Belfast road.

The van which still had 12-year-old terrier Trixie inside was taken from a petrol station on Monday April 23 at 5.40pm on the Carrick Road in Dundalk.

Driver Tim Mullins had stepped inside briefly to buy a loaf of bread when the robbery occurred.

After speeding northwards, with a brief stop in a Crossmaglen petrol station to buy diesel and other items it's believed the van was used that night for a robbery in Crumlin.

Police were alerted by 11.45pm that a dark coloured Toyota Hiace van had been used to flatten the fence of a car dealership on the Mill Road.

After entering the premises a number of items were taken including two diagnostic computers, a power washer and battery pack.

On Tuesday night the van was found driven into a ditch and burnt out on the Ballycolin Road in Dunmurry.

It's understood the dog was not found in the van and could still be either side of the border.

PSNI Sergeant James McKelvey said: “It appears that the vehicle used in this crime was stolen during a burglary in County 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."

Mr Mullins' daughter Helena has set up a Facebook page to help find Trixie who was a birthday present for her mother last October.

"The van has been recovered burnt out and thankfully Trixie was not on board at this stage," she said.

"We don't know if she's north or south of the border. Please keep your eyes peeled and call us on 0868184952 or report it to the Guards or PSNI.






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