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Vehicle with 3 dogs inside stolen from Denver liquor store

DENVER -- A vehicle with three dogs inside was stolen outside a Denver liquor store on Sunday.

The vehicle was a dark blue 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe with Colorado license plate VDV-232. The vehicle belongs to the owner of Vic's Liquors Fine Wines and Beers in Stapleton.

The vehicle was stolen about 5 p.m. while owner Paul Villella left it running while he went to grab something from the store.

One of the dogs, an Alaskan malamute named Victor, is known as the mascot of the store at 7305 E. 35th Ave.

The other dogs were a Jack Russell named Laila and a Maltese named Sophie.

The thief, described as a white male wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers hat, was spotted on surveillance camera driving a white U-Haul pickup truck before stealing the owner’s vehicle.

Villella, said the thieves have since used his credit cards at various stores in the Northfield Stapleton area.

Villella is offering a $5,000 reward for the safe return of the dogs.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Denver Police Department.