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UPDATE: Dog taken during Great Falls car theft found safe

Posted: 12:20 PM, Jul 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-12 17:35:00-04
Courtesy: Great Falls Police Department

(UPDATE, 3:25 p.m.) Lil Bits, a dog that was inside a vehicle stolen from Great Falls Marketplace Friday morning, has been found safe.

In a Facebook post, the Great Falls Police Department wrote:

“Lil Bits, and the vehicle, were found safe parked at a fishing access outside City limits by a Cascade County Sheriff’s Office deputy. Lil Bits is in good health and is reuniting with his humans. Nice teamwork Great Falls.”

The GFPD did not release any details concerning the car theft or people involved.

(1st Report, 12:20 p.m.) The Great Falls Police Department has requested the public’s help in locating a car that was stolen Friday morning with a dog inside.

Courtesy: Great Falls Police Department

According to the GFPD, a vehicle was stolen at approximately 8 a.m. from the Marketplace parking lot. The vehicle owner’s dog, Lil Bits, was inside the vehicle when it was taken.

Lil Bits is a male black lab mix with a white chest patch. He has a black collar with red roses, however, the dog may not have the collar on.

The vehicle, which is a 2013 black Ford Escape, had very little gas and has clear tape over a back window that was broken out. The vehicle’s Montana license plates read ‘2-46677B.’

The GFPD shared a photo of a similar vehicle, but not the actual vehicle that was stolen.

If you see the vehicle, or Lil Bits, you’re asked to call 911. GFPD advised not approaching the vehicle, but waiting for officers to arrive.

STOLEN DOG and CAR! Officer Lake is requesting your help…at approximately 8am this morning a vehicle was stolen from…

Posted by Great Falls MT Police Department on Friday, July 12, 2019