Kind family in St. Paul help to find missing show dog after identifying thief who stole van

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In St. Paul, Minnesota, an award winning show dog has been returned to his owner after some awesome detective work and the kindness of a local family.

According to the social media page of the dog’s owner, Michelle Baker had driven to St. Paul from Iowa to show her prize winning Boxer named Jasper at the Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show. Jasper had been kenneled in the back of Baker’s van when the vehicle was stolen on Saturday morning outside of the Envision Hotel in St. Paul.

South St. Paul police released a photo of the suspected car thief captured on video from the hotel surveillance cameras. The Wintz family recognized the man and knew where he lived. Their expert sleuthing enabled them to find Baker’s vehicle, and meanwhile had been in constant contact with Michelle.

James Wintz was given permission to break the window, and there was Jasper – shivering in the cold, but otherwise unharmed. The family wrapped him in a blanket, gave him food and water, and were ecstatic to reunite Jasper with his family.

The South St. Paul Police Department posted the following happy news:

Great news this evening South St. Paul! Jasper the Boxer that was kenneled inside of the stolen van shortly before its theft has been found alive and well, albeit reportedly cold and hungry. While social media has beat us to the punch on informing you of this recovery, we did need to wait until he was in safe hands before sharing this information with you. Thank you all for sharing our message and helping to bring Jasper home safely. While we are not able to share additional details with you at this point surrounding the investigation, we can assure you that your help in sharing our message was crucial to bringing him home safely. With the assistance of our partners with the Saint Paul Police Department, the stolen vehicle has also been recovered and the investigation is ongoing. Should you have any information surrounding this incident, please contact the South St. Paul Police Department at 651.554.3300

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Anybody with information about the incident is asked to contact South Saint Paul Police Department at 651-554-3300.

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