MN police help find dog stolen from officer's home in South Dakota

- Police in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, helped find a puppy that was stolen during a burglary in South Dakota last month.

Poppy, a four-month-old German Shepherd, was stolen from her home in Aberdeen on Sept. 30 and recovered in Minneapolis on Sunday, according to Eden Prairie police.

Aberdeen police officer Briston Bruce was in the hospital with his wife recovering from brain tumor surgery when his home was burglarized. The thieves stole electronic devices, along with Poppy and her leash.

Detectives believed one of the suspects had an Eden Prairie connection and reached out

By searching local missing pet website, Staaf's wife was able to track down two south Minneapolis neighbors who found Poppy wandering and took her in. They brought Poppy to a vet to look for an identification chip but were unable to locate one.

Coincidentally, Aberdeen Police Sgt. Chris Gross happened to be in Minneapolis on Sunday and a meeting was arranged at the Eden Prairie Police Department so Sgt. Gross could take Poppy home. Poppy is now safely in her family’s care.

One of the suspects in the burglary was arrested on Monday in Aberdeen, and the investigation is ongoing. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Officer Bruce and his family.

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