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2 dogs safely recovered after SUV stolen in Delray Beach

Person of interest detained, police say
Dogs recovered after SUV stolen, Sept. 23, 2022
Posted at 11:47 PM, Sep 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-23 12:27:10-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.  — Delray Beach police said Friday that a stolen SUV, which had two dogs inside, was recovered with the animals safely inside.

Investigators said the incident occurred at about 3 p.m. Thursday when the owner of an SUV walked into a CVS on Northeast Sixth Avenue for a few minutes, leaving her vehicle running with her two dogs inside.

Police said a man jumped into her vehicle and took off.

Authorities said a possible suspect was located Thursday night without the vehicle and dogs.

However, Friday morning, the SUV and dogs were located near a Starbucks in Boynton Beach at Woolbright Road and South Federal Highway.

The owner of the vehicle was contacted to retrieve her dogs, a Great Dane and Chihuahua, which are in good health.

Police said the suspect was taken for a mental health evaluation.

Charges against him are pending for grand theft auto and grand theft.