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Reunited! Stolen dog back with Cleveland family after home invasion

Missy Lynn had been missing since October 4 following a break-in by three suspects at a home on the city's east side.

CLEVELAND — Missy Lynn is heading home!

The beloved dog owned by a family on Cleveland's east side has been reunited more than a week after three suspects broke into a home on Wheelock Road on Cleveland's east side and stole her.

Missy Lynn was found running in a field near E. 115 and St. Clair on Monday evening. Members of Cleveland's City Kennel picked her up and took care of her until her owners arrived on Tuesday. 

The break-in took place on October 4. Herman Austin continues to be wanted by the Cleveland Division of Police for his role in the crime. 

According to reports, prior to the incident, one of the victims walked their dog to a nearby dollar store. While shopping inside, the dog was tied up outside of the store. It was at this time that the suspect approached the second victim, claiming that the dog was his stolen dog. He then went on to make threats, saying he would have more people come to their home and take the dog back. 

Credit: Craig Roberson

At this time, the second victim reported the threats to police. 

Shortly after, three men, including the suspect from the incident at the store, arrived at the victims' home. The suspect arrived on a black and white bicycle while the other two men arrived in what is described as a green Saturn SUV, with two to three women believed inside. 

The three men approached the home armed with weapons, according to the victims. The suspects, while pointing their firearms at the victims, demanded they hand over the dog or they would come in and retrieve it. 

The victims did not hand over the dog and remained inside their home. 

When their demands were not met, the suspects began grabbing folded chairs from the home's porch and broke out the front double pane window. At this time, the victims gave the lead suspect the dog and he fled the scene on foot with the dog. 

The remaining two suspects fled the scene in the vehicle they arrived in. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact local law enforcement. 

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