Stolen Dogs Reunited with Owners

Four purebred Yorkshire Terriers had been taken during home burglary.

Posted: March 6, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Four purebred Yorkshire Terriers who were stolen at gunpoint during a home invasion robbery that was caught by surveillance cameras last month were returned to their owners in Los Angeles after one of the alleged culprits turned himself in.

Three puppies, valued at $2,500 each, along with an adult terrier, were reunited with their owners at a Los Angeles police station on March 3.

However, as of March 5, one puppy remained missing and another suspect remains at large, police said.

The theft occurred on Feb.23, after two men posing as buyers made an appointment to see the puppies, which had been advertised for sale in a newspaper. When a family member opened the door for the men, one pulled out a gun.

A home surveillance camera recorded the scene as one man held a gun and the other chased after the puppies with a large black plastic bag as they scampered around the room and underneath a coffee table.

A videotape of the robbery that aired on local TV news broadcasts brought in numerous tips, and eventually one suspect. Ryan Betton, 19, of Los Angeles, surrendered to police Friday night, Detective Luis Corona said. Betton was booked on robbery charges.

A second male suspect in the case is still sought, according to police.


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Roxy   Heidelberg, Germany, AE

3/6/2007 11:01:22 PM

I am very glad that one of those men turned themselves in and returned the puppies. Surely he will help the police find the other bad guy and the last missing puppy! If they were bold enough to walk into a home with guns and intentions to rob, who's to say they wouldn't have hurt or even killed someone! The home owners were very lucky and I'm sure they will be more careful as to who they let into their home to see the puppies next time.

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francine   coshocton, OH

3/6/2007 5:55:00 PM

Iam happy that the puppies were reunited with their owners. I think if breeders didn't ask such a high price for these dogs, this probably wouldn't of happened. $2,600 dollars for each puppy times four equals $10,400. It is easier to steal puppies than rob a bank. I think it is a shame that this had to happen to those puppies.

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Ingrid   Clarksville, TN

3/6/2007 4:03:50 PM

I am glad the puppies are back and hopefully they will get the other one.

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Olivia   Subarbia, IL

3/6/2007 3:08:22 PM

That is so scary! I would absolutely MOURN if my Daisy left me!

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