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Pomeranian seized from stolen SUV in Burnaby, reunited with Vancouver family

Police say dog found inside stolen vehicle that was stuffed with stolen property linked to four break-ins and a theft in Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond and New Westminster.

Peggles the Pomeranian has been reunited with his Vancouver owners after being seized from a stolen SUV by police in Burnaby.

Last Tuesday at about 12:30 p.m., Burnaby RCMP officers patrolling in the Metrotown area caught two men in a stolen SUV, according to police.

Among an eclectic collection of stolen property found in the vehicle was a Pomeranian that did not belong to the men, police said.

The officers arrested the suspects and seized the dog, turning it over to the Burnaby SPCA.

“We put out some feelers,” said a staff member at the local animal welfare organization. “We contacted other shelters and said ‘Hey, we have this dog. We haven’t had any reports. Do you have anything?’”

Vancouver animal control got back to them saying there had been a report of a missing dog in that city that matched Peggles’ description.

The small canine’s owners then traveled to Burnaby to pick him up.

It’s unclear if Peggles had been stolen.

“We don’t know the full details,” said the SPCA staffer. “We just know that he came from a vehicle that was not his vehicle and not his owners.”

Other items found in the vehicle, however, had been stolen and have since been linked to four break-ins and one theft in Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, New Westminster and Burnaby.

Among the stolen property were items ranging from a Roomba to a small Romanesque statue as well as various electronic devices and items of clothing.

“They had all this stuff in their car still,” Burnaby RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Kalanj said. “It’s literally anything you can think of that you can get from a house that might have a little bit of value.”

The men, who are "well known to police," according to the Burnaby RCMP, face possible charges of possession of stolen property, breaking and entering, theft and more.

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