York Regional Police reunited a dog with its owner Tuesday after officers found the stolen vehicle abandoned in a plaza at Martin Grove Road and Silverstone Drive in Woodbridge.
The two-year-old Rottweiler was sitting in the back seat of its owner’s grey Honda Ridgeline around 7 p.m. when it was stolen from outside a convenience store at 7766 Martin Grove Road.
A couple of hours later police recovered the truck that had been abandoned almost three kilometres from where it was taken.
York police said in a statement released today that the owner, who is in his mid-20s, left his truck running and unlocked when he ran into the convenience store. When he returned to the parking lot, the truck and dog were gone.
Const. Laura Nicolle told CBC News that York Regional Police receive more reports of stolen vehicles as colder weather approaches because drivers leave their cars running and unattended to warm them up.
“Never leave your car unlocked, running and unattended,” she said. “Criminals will case out neighbourhoods in the morning and pay attention to who warms up their cars before they strike.