A TEENAGE pet owner was last night reunited with her stolen puppy.
Hedy Navarro, 17, was devastated when burglars who broke into the family’s Fenay Bridge home and took adorable little Crystal.
The theft from the family’s garage took place as Hedy and her parents Paul and Judith Navarro slept soundly on Tuesday night.
They were unaware burglars had entered the garage below their bedrooms until early yesterday.
And it was Hedy who discovered the theft when she went to check on Crystal before going to a local riding stables at 6.30am.
But happily, less than 12 hours later, the tiny black and white Border Terrier cross pup was found – inside a domestic garage in Lepton, only a mile away.
Hedy had put an appeal on her Facebook site on the internet and the dog was spotted by a friend who lived in Lepton.
Crystal was found and reunited with the family.
Police who had been investigating the burglary were last night making inquiries in Lepton.
Crystal’s mother, Ruby, who is a Jack Russell Pug Cross, was left by the thieves, who stole electrical items and tools from the garage.
Mr Navarro said: “A lot of people saw Hedy’s plea on the Facebook page about the dog and someone got in touch from Lepton.
“They had seen the dog in the garage and fetched it and we were amazed to find it was Crystal.
“There are so many black and white dogs out there we dare not dream it was her.
“Hedy is over the moon and it is a happy ending to what was a really sad story.
“It is awful that someone can do something like this at Christmas, which is supposed to be the season of goodwill.”
Ruby and Crystal were both in a basket inside the locked garage. It is thought the intruders removed wooden panels, probably with a crowbar, to get in.
Crystal was born only seven weeks ago and still needed feeding from her mother when she was stolen.
Hedy’s mum Judith added: “Ruby had five puppies but we decided to keep one for Hedy”.