Man Steals Car With 2 Dogs In Back Seat So Thief’s Sister Tracks Down Owners To Return The Pets

by Kat Manos
Kat Manos is an Associate Editor who loves arguing about indie rock, classic literature, and "Star Wars."

A couple from Minneapolis recently experienced the scare of a lifetime when a brazen thief stole their car.

While losing the car and a cell phone left inside was inherently awful, Hillary Volkman and her boyfriend Joe Nelson were much more devastated about something else: their two dogs were also in the car.

Hillary and Joe stopped at the Holiday gas station in Maplewood, where they left the car and their dogs, Koda and Willow. According to Twin Cities’ Pioneer Press, doing so is actually illegal.

They left the ignition on hoping to keep the dogs warm while they ran a quick errand. By the time the couple returned, their car was gone — and so were their dogs.

Heartbroken and hysterical, they went to the local police. Officers immediately brought up security footage of the suspect and posted it on their Facebook page.

Through more than 4,000 shares of the post, Hillary and Joe learned that someone had information they wanted: the thief’s sister.

The suspect’s sister saw the Facebook post and reached out to the pet owners, hoping to return their precious dogs to them.

Hillary and Joe were relieved, though they admit they were a bit hesitant at first, thinking she might have demands in exchange for the dogs. Luckily, that didn’t happen.

“The girl that met with him was very nice, very apologetic,” Hillary explained to CBS Minnesota. “Unfortunately, she didn’t have a lot of additional information, no location of her brother or the vehicle. All she was able to tell us was that the [dogs] were taken care of.”

Even though the couple has yet to be reunited with their vehicle, they are more than grateful to have their dogs back — and we’re happy too!

Check out the video below to learn more about how Hillary got her dogs back and please SHARE this story with your friends on Facebook!

Photos: Facebook 1, 2 / Maplewood Minnesota Police Department

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