Essex Police officers have been thanked after reuniting a stolen dog with her owner in Norfolk today.
Three year-old Bonnie, a working Springer Spaniel, was one of two dogs who went missing from outside their home in south Norfolk on 27 January this year.
She was reunited with her beloved owner, Matthew, earlier today following a warrant in Wickford. Sadly, her sister Tilly has not yet been found.
Bonnie was spotted by PC Eldridge, an officer from our Operational Support Group, during the execution of a warrant in Wickford earlier today, Friday 25 June.
Officers from our Rural Engagement Team were on site and conducted checks to see if Bonnie had been reported missing. Upon finding that she had, their priority was to reunite her with her owner.
Sergeant Paul Downes, of the Rural Engagement Team, said: “We were absolutely delighted to be able to make sure Bonnie made it home safely.
“Here at Essex Police we love dogs, not just our hard-working courageous Police Dogs, but many of us have our own four-legged best friends at home, so we don’t underestimate the devastating impact upon owners when they are stolen.
“We hope this shows our dogged determination to act on all crimes reported to us, including thefts of dogs, and we will act on all information received and do our best to keep on arresting those responsible and reuniting dogs with their owners.”
Bonnie’s owner, Matthew, said he “couldn’t thank officers enough” and that Essex Police had done a “brilliant job”. He is still hopeful that someone can help him with Tilly’s whereabouts and that she will be brought home to re-join the family soon.
No arrests have been made in relation to Bonnie’s disappearance, but four men – aged between 18 and 25 – remain in custody.
All four have been arrested on suspicion of burglary, with an 18-year-old and 25-year-old man arrested under the criminal attempts act. The 18-year-old has also been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and the theft of a pedal cycle.
It follows the theft of tack from a farm in the local area on 2 May this year.
The investigation is ongoing through Canvey and Rochford CID and, if you have any information regarding this incident, please call 101 and quote 42/81691/21.