SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (KTVU) - San Leandro Police Department say Maya, the 3-month-old puppy stolen at gunpoint from a teen this week has been found.
On Friday night, police said the German shepherd was located and only said they would have more details on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Police said a 14-year-old boy had his puppy stolen from him at gunpoint in San Leandro on Monday.
Two men approached the boy who was walking the dog, Maya, in the 1500 block of Dayton Avenue in the Washington Manor neighborhood when she was stolen, according to police.
The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. June 6. Two Hispanic men in their early 20s parked their car near the boy. Police said the passenger got out of the car and tried to snatch the dog from the boy and claimed to be armed with a pistol. When the boy didn’t let go of his dog, the driver then exited the car and threatened the boy by pointing a gun at him.
The boy feared for his life and let Maya go after the demands became increasingly threatening. The suspects fled in their car with the dog in tow. The only description police gave of the car was that it was a light-colored vehicle.
San Leandro Police detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the stolen puppy and are hoping for a reunion.
“You can only imagine how frightening a violent crime like this can be – especially for a 14 year old,” stated Lt. Robert McManus. “Our goal is to get Maya back to the boy as soon as possible, as she belongs to him – not the men who stole her. We hope to identify the suspects too, so that we can bring them to justice and prevent this from happening to anyone else,” he said.
If you have any information regarding this case, the stolen dog or the suspects, you’re encouraged to contact the San Leandro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (510) 577-3230.
Information may also be submitted anonymously by:
• Phone: Anonymous Crime Tips at (510) 577-3278
• Text Message: Text “TipSLPolice” to 888777
For crime prevention tips, please visit the Police Department’s website at http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/pd or contact our Crime Prevention Unit at 510-577-3228.