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Little Service Dog Named “Polo” Taken From a Woman in a Violent Robbery

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It was a vicious robbery in the Central West End. A woman attacked outside a Walgreens.

According to Leah Freeman, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the robbery occurred around 11:15 p.m. on November 25 in the 4200 block of Lindell Boulevard, outside the Walgreens. (story continued below video)

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It was Tuesday. Ashley Peterson was coming to a 24 hour Walgreens on Lindell Boulevard to buy some glitter for a project. But because it was the day after the grand jury’s decision, the store was closed. She got back in the car and was robbed of her most precious possession.

“Polo is always with me. He’s my safety measure,” said Peterson. “In keeping me okay.”

Peterson, 29, told police two women got out of a dark-colored van and approached her. One of the women asked to borrow the victim’s phone as the victim was getting into her own vehicle.

The victim refused, and one of the women opened the victim’s car door and attempted to take the phone by force, Freeman said. While the two struggled for the phone, the other suspect went to the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle, opened that door, and took the victim’s purse and Maltese dog.

As the victim got out of her car to continue struggling with the first suspect, the second suspect got into the victim’s driver seat and attempted to steal the car. The suspects could not steal the victim’s car because it was blocked by the suspect vehicle.

One said she had a gun and demanded Peterson’s phone.

“I’m somewhat stubborn and I was not going to give her my phone, so that’s when she started biting me,” said Peterson.

Peterson has bite marks on the arm, thumb and leg.

Once she got back in the car, she says a green mini van, captured on a security camera, pulled up behind her. It blocked her in and soon two women were on each side of her car.

Peterson says Polo is a certified service dog and, without giving specifics about her condition, she says he’s been invaluable to her.

“Polo was trained when I was not physically well. Polo was trained to be able to police or alert hospital to have them come if something wasn’t okay,” she said.

“I need him back. It’s not even I want him back, I need him back,” she said.

Peterson says the robbers mentioned one of the women having just gotten out of the hospital. She says her left eye was barely open and her right eye was bloodshot.

Police described the suspects as two African-American women. The first suspect, the one who attempted to take the victim’s phone, appeared to be approximately 26-years-old, and thin with a dark complexion. She was wearing a shower cap over her hair, a blue jogging jacket, and black pants. Her right eye was bloodshot and her left eye could barely open.

The second suspect, the one who took the victim’s dog and purse, had a dark complexion and average build, with her hair pulled back. She was wearing a red jacket.

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