Autistic boy, 5, reunites with stolen puppy after thief robs him from kitchen window

Five-year-old Tyler was “inseparable” from his pup Stitch before he was horribly stolen from the Liverpool family home, but thankfully the pair have now been reunited with the help of Merseyside Police

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Stitch has always been “stick to Tyler like glue”

A five-year-old boy has been reunited with his stolen puppy after a thief broke into the family home through the kitchen window.

Tyler, who has autism and struggles to communicate with people, developed an “indescribable bond” with new French bulldog Stitch.

Then last Thursday a stranger snuck into the home in Walton, Liverpool and robbed 12-week-old Stitch. Liverpool echo reports.

Mum Karen Higgins, 30, was devastated and terrified of hearing a “big bang” downstairs at night.

But fortunately, Merseyside Police reacted quickly and less than 24 hours later arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of burglary.

Tyler and Stitch are now back together and Karen “cannot thank Merseyside Police enough”

Stitch and Vitani slept in their beds in the kitchen

Stitch was a special gift to Tyler last month

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Around 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, Karen heard her 15-month-old French Bulldog Vitani barking “aggressively” in the kitchen.

She ran straight into the back room of her home on Wilburn Street, Walton, and saw her fence was wide open.

The mother of two rushed into the street “someone is at my house” and called the police.

Karen said: “I had just locked up and taken the dogs to the kitchen before going upstairs to see the soaps. I heard this sound of dishes crashing and a big cracking what was a candle my eldest got me for Mother’s Day.

“I ran straight to the window and saw the back fence was open. I would never do that because it’s always locked because of the dogs.

“I ran into the street because I was too scared to go into the kitchen, I screamed ‘someone is in my house’ but no one was listening.

“In the end someone came by and went into the kitchen for me and said my dog ​​(Stitch) was gone and the window was forced open.”

They are best friends and absolutely inseparable

Karen had bought the puppy for her son just a month earlier and said Stitch was “stuck to Tyler like glue.”

She explained, “Ever since he came into the house (Stitch) he’s bonded with this boy, they’re inseparable. I can’t even describe this bond.

“He was staying with his dad and every time I FaceTime him he’s like, ‘Where’s the baby,’ which is what he calls Stitch.”

Merseyside Police are investigating the incident after finding the dog’s collar at a home in Walton.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “Around 10.05pm we received a report that a French bulldog puppy had been stolen from an address on Wilburn Street.

“Following an investigation, police have arrested a 31-year-old man from Walton on suspicion of burglary. He was taken into custody and is being questioned by police. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.”

Stitch has since been returned to the family. Karen added: “I cannot thank Merseyside Police enough for what they have done for my family.”

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