YUCAIPA, Ca. – A home surveillance system put a dog thief behind bars on Tuesday, but authorities are now attempting to locate a second suspect.
On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Yucaipa Police were made aware of the theft of “Zoey”, a pug puppy on the 34000 block of Kelly Lane, in the City of Yucaipa . The video was shared on social media and was widely shared, clearly showing a Hispanic man at the victim’s home at the time of the theft.
Deputies along with detectives from the Yucaipa Police Department were able to identify the suspect as 41-year-old Sergio Farfan-Gonzales, an alarm technician for a home-security company. “Investigators were able to speak to the suspect via telephone on September 4, but he refused to meet with deputies,” Yucaipa Police officials said. “A search warrant was obtained for his residence in Fontana.”
At 3:45 p.m. investigators arrived at the home and located Farfan-Gonzalez and took him into custody without incident. Farfan-Gonzalez was arrested and booked into the San Bernardino County Jail on a charge of grand theft of a dog.
“As investigators worked to locate the stolen dog, an unknown male came to the victim’s residence and returned the dog to the family,” Police officials added. “The male left without providing any information to the family and investigators are releasing a video of the subject who returned the dog and asking the public to help us identify and locate him.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Juan Aguirre at the Yucaipa Police Department (909) 918-2305.
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