Dognapping Caught On Camera

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Friday, June 8, 2012

A pair of thieves were caught on camera but they weren't after money or jewelry. These crooks walked off with someone's 3-month-old puppy.

The dog's name is Emma. She's a Brindle Boxer puppy with black and brown stripes and a white chest.

Sailor's Tattoos is also owner Raul Tanguma's home. He's been at the Delano location just over a year.

About three months ago, the father of one added another member to his family, a puppy.

"Her name's Emma. We've been trying to train her and she's kennel trained for the most part,” Tanguma said.

Tanguma says he keeps Emma upstairs while he works and lets her outside a few times a day by hooking her up to a leash here at the back of the store.

"With the door open, we could see back there and you wouldn't think someone would steal a dog in the middle of the day,” Tanguma said.

But Tanguma says that's exactly what happened. He shared video from one of the store's outdoor surveillance cameras with us. In the video, you see a man and a woman walking around where Emma is leashed outside.

The woman walks over to the dog and appears to reach down and unhook the dog's leash. Then, the two are seen crossing the street quickly with the dog in tow.

“Like no time at all. It only took them two minutes to walk off with your dog you know,” Tanguma said.

Tanguma tells us he's been the victim of theft before. His car was stolen outside the shop which is why he got the security cameras in the first place. But he says this time, thieves took something he can't replace.

“You know you steal somebody's dog is like stealing your family member,” Tanguma said.

If you have any information that could help find the stolen dog, call police or contact Tanguma at Sailor's Tattoos in the Delano District.

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