Two Bulldog puppies stolen at gunpoint from a Pico Rivera pet shop on Christmas Eve have been safely recovered.
The pooches were pinched when a man walked into Mr. Bulldog on Whittier Boulevard wearing a bandana around his face and brandishing a handgun.
However the Bulldogs have now been found and suspects arrested, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Departments said.
One of the pups was found by a West Whittier resident on Christmas Day wandering in the street near her residence. The second was returned to Mr. Bulldog store by an unidentified person the following day.
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Sheriff's deputies arrested a juvinile suspect on Christmas night, while the next day they apprehended a second suspect Jonathan Mora, 18, who is alleged to have dropped off the robber from a grey BMW in a shopping center parking lot before the crime took place. Additional warrants led to the arrest of a third suspect, a female-juvenile from West Whittier.
Shop employee Miriam Guillen had previously revealed the robber demanded the dog after being given $500 in cash during the hold-up..
"After he took the money he said ‘Give me a dog. I want a bulldog — two,’" Guillen said.
Owner Jay Lee was forced to hand over two 10-week-old English bulldogs. Lee’s dog Blue is the puppies’ dad, and the robber threatened to shoot the 2-year-old when he began growling at the man.Each dog was estimated to be worth $2,500.