Two English bulldog puppies stolen at gunpoint on Christmas Eve have been recovered unharmed and three suspects have been arrested, authorities announced Saturday.
The gunman stole $500 cash and two 10-week-old English bulldog puppies from Mr. Bulldog at 9432 Whittier Blvd. at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Lt. Sergio V. Escobedo of the Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station.
Media coverage about the robbery and concern for the well-being of the puppies led to tips followed up on Christmas Day by detectives who executed a search warrant that night at a West Whittier residence, Escobedo said. The primary robbery suspect, a male juvenile, was arrested.
The detectives next identified the driver of the gray BMW sedan used as the getaway car, he said. Driver Jonathan Mora, 18, turned himself in to detectives at the Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station. Mora was booked into the jail at the station for suspicion of robbery and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
A female juvenile was arrested in West Whittier, Escobedo said.
One bulldog puppy was found by a West Whittier resident wandering the street near her home and returned to a Pico Rivera pet store and, he said. The second was returned to Mr. Bulldog by an unidentified person Friday.
The store’s owners had expressed concern about the puppies’ safety. They were being fed goat milk three times a day.
The puppies were priced at nearly $2,500 each, the store owners said.
This was the fourth time in six years the store had been robbed.
— City News Service