Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a French bulldog that was stolen from the front yard of a home in Wilmington this week.
The dog, King, was taken to the yard on the 700 block of C Street on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. Upon realizing the dog was missing, its owner checked security video from his home, which showed a man going over the fence, picking up King and fleeing on a skateboard, police said.
Detectives arrested the man less than 24 hours later, but he told them he had already sold King for $20, investigators say. The man said he approached someone in the parking lot of a hardware store and told them he had found the dog but had been unable to give him a good home. said the police.
King had not been located Saturday afternoon, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Matthew Cruz said.
Authorities said the person who bought the dog had not committed a crime, but had been asked to come forward and return it because the owner of the animal was devastated.
“You just have to see his doghouse, his bed…even waking up this morning and he wasn’t there,” owner Jody Martinez told KCBS-TV, which released video of the theft. Martinez said she helped raise the one-year-old dog and has had him since he was a puppy. She said she had her front door open just a crack and King walked out for a brief moment before she realized it.
“Just put it down,” she pleaded.
Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Officer Davenport at (310) 726-7845 during business hours or LAPD Harbor Station at (310) 726-7701 at any time.
Reports of French Bulldog thefts have increased in the Los Angeles area in recent years. Popular pets are expensive and in high demand.
In a high-profile case last February, Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot in the chest and two of her three French bulldogs were stolen. The dogs were eventually returned to the musician. The dog walker survived, although his accused attacker was mistakenly released earlier this month.
Los Angeles Times