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April 1, 2014 > Police help nab puppy thieves

Police help nab puppy thieves

Submitted By San Leandro PD

On March 26, 2014, San Leandro Police Officers were contacted by a woman who was a victim of a dog theft in Livermore last week. Both of her German Shepherd puppies were stolen from her home. The victim later checked Craigslist and was able to find the puppies for sale.

She called the "seller" and met him at a location in San Leandro. Once she arrived and confronted the "seller/suspect," he ran off.

With the help of officers of the San Leandro Police Department, they were able to ruse the suspect to a location where they arrested him. One of the puppies was in his possession. After talking with the suspect, he led us to the location of the second puppy. Both puppies were unharmed and reunited with their owner.

The suspect, Richard Coleman of San Leandro, was arrested for possession of stolen property and extortion.

Lt. Mike Sobek said, "The San Leandro Police Department takes all crimes very seriously, however, this crime struck a nerve with one of our officers and he went that extra step to help recover those puppies and return them to a grateful owner."

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