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Stolen puppy, truck both returned to owner after media attention

Posted at 1:59 PM, Dec 12, 2016

BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- After attention surrounded a stolen F-350 with a puppy inside, police say both the puppy -- and the truck -- are back where they belong. 

Many were sad to learn Richard Ivy's 4-month-old chocolate lab Tater had been stolen last week, along with his truck which he used in his carpentry business. Ivy said at the time he couldn't believe somebody would make off with both his truck and dog. Ivy had been out to dinner last Sunday with his mother and was checking on his dog every 20 minutes, until they were no longer there.

Now they're both back in his possession, however police have yet to make any arrests, due to the odd circumstances surrounding their return. 

Police say a person, who may have been involved in the theft of the truck, dropped off the puppy at the house of Ivy's mother. They're unsure how the person got his mother's address, however they say they're happy the puppy was returned safely.

As for the truck, police say they located it with different license plates, different tires and some damage near 112th and Reed in Broomfield. 

Authorities say evidence found in the truck is undergoing DNA testing, which police say they hope will identify suspects for arrest. 

Ivy said he's simply happy to have his puppy back. 

"We can't thank each and every one of you enough for all your positive thoughts and well wishes, sharing our story and all of your concern for Tater's safe return home," Ivy's family wrote in an update.

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