Called Scruggs, the serotonin plush ball was returned to its rightful owners after police said it was stolen from a Subaru earlier this week parked on the 200 block of Sutter Street in downtown San Francisco.

Pet theft has increased recently. Designer dogs, especially popular small breeds – such as French bulldogs and Pomeranians – are ripped from vehicles or dragged directly away from people who guide them around town. (Lady Gaga’s two Frenchies, Koji and Gustav, were stolen that weekend but have since been brought back by a good guy who saw the pups on a pole miles from where they were discovered.) Luckily for one Recently conducted Bay Area dognapping there was a happy ending after a young Maltese puppy was reunited with his two legged family.

Our #sfpd Investigations & Patrol have worked together to locate and arrest the suspect in this case. On February 22nd Broke into victim’s car near Union Square and took “Scruggs”. Scruggs is a 4 month old Maltese, 12 pounds wearing a pink sweater and black / blue harness. Still missing!

– R. Vaswani (@sfvas) February 26, 2021

According to the Chronicle, Scruggs was reunited with his humans five days after a 23-year-old Los Gatos resident parked his Subaru on the 200 block of Sutter Street in San Francisco and left the pup indoors. When he returned about 30 minutes later, Scruggs was nowhere to be found.

But on Saturday police said a Richmond resident bought the pooch in the Tenderloin and later posted photos of his “new dog” on social media – before finding out about the dog before the theft. The new owners were more than happy to bring Scruggs back to his first family, an exchange supported and organized by the SF Police.

“The San Francisco Police Department would like to thank the public and the news media for their interest and support in this case,” police said in a statement from the newspaper. “The public eye for Scruggs’ theft ultimately led to his safe return home.”

Investigators used surveillance videos recorded near the abduction to identify the robber suspect as Viengphet Sasone. The 43-year-old was arrested Thursday and refused to reveal the location of Scruggs to investigators.

Scruggs theft is another example in a number of local dognapping cases that have occurred over the past year or so. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniels was kidnapped in a car theft around this time last year, though it was eventually reunited with its owners (after they paid a $ 1,000 ransom). A 30-year-old San Francisco woman was attacked at gunpoint last month and her five-month-old puppy was taken away.

So remember: don’t leave your puppies in the car unattended. And keep these lines taught.

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