‘Please be careful’: Woman’s warning after three men in a van pull over to try and steal dog

A warning has been issued after three men in a van tried to steal a dog from a motorist in South Yorkshire.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 9:26 am

Posting on Facebook, Joanna Henson said her step dad was travelling on the A57 near Aston fire station when a van pulled up alongside him at a set of traffic lights and attempts were made to steal his dog.

She said men in the van banged on his window and demanded that he hand over his dog.

Joanna said the men attempted to open the pick-up truck door but stepped back when the dog tried to attack them, giving her stepdad the chance to drive off.

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A cordon of police tape (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo by NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images)

She said the van drove off towards the M1 at junction 31.

In her post, Joanna said: “Please be careful with your animals, it doesn’t matter what breed, age or sex, they will try and get it.

“At around 3pm my stepdad was travelling on the A57 roundabout, next to Aston fire station. A white transit van with three white males pulled up at the side of him and began to bang on his window, demanding and shouting that he hand over our dog, trying to open the door.

“Luckily enough, our dog tried to attack them when they opened the door and they stepped back. My stepdad sped off through the traffic lights and stopped down the road to make sure they were not following him home, but they looked like they went towards the motorway.

“There were three white males and it was a white transit van. No registration plate could be taken as it all happened too fast.”

South Yorkshire Police has been contacted about the reported incident.

There have been a number of dog thefts in South Yorkshire over recent weeks, including the theft of three puppies in a gunpoint ambush in Burngreave last month, when their owner agreed to meet a man who enquired online about buying them.

On the same day, four pups were stolen in a knifepoint raid at a flat on Smelter Wood Road, Richmond.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

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