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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