Dogs Inside Stolen Vehicle Returned to Owner by Suspected Carjacker's Sister

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February 13, 2018 07:05 AM

Two dogs who were inside of a vehicle that was stolen from a Maplewood gas station Monday morning have been returned to their owner – though the vehicle remains at large.

The dogs' owner, Joe Nelson, said the sister of the suspected carjacker saw the story on the news, tracked down her brother and the dogs, found Nelson on Facebook and contacted him. 

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Nelson had been at the Holiday Station at English Street and Highway 36 with his girlfriend Monday morning, and had stepped inside the store for about two minutes when the vehicle was stolen with the dogs inside, he said.

The suspect's sister met Nelson at a gas station later Monday to return the dogs, whom he said were fine but a little stressed. Nelson said he contacted Maplewood police to provide the update. Police confirmed the dogs had been returned.

The sister told Nelson her brother "is not the greatest guy," and that she was unsure where his vehicle was. Nelson said the vehicle is a 2013 black Ford Fusion with some damage to the rear driver's side bumper. The license plate reads 2GD-309.

Maplewood police released an image of the suspect via Facebook Monday. The post had been shared more than 4,000 times by late evening Monday.
 

On Tuesday, police said the suspect had been identified.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text Maplewood police at 651-755-6769.

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