Dog-Nappers Caught on Tape

March 1, 2007

Los Angeles: Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who broke into a Korean family’s home and stole four pure-bred terrier puppies as well as the family’s pet terrier, Tan-ja, at gunpoint.

"The family had advertised the Yorkshire terriers in a newspaper," said Lieutenant Paul Vernon. "It appears the suspects answered the ad, knowing the value of the puppies."

Just before 10 o’clock Friday night, two Black men posed as prospective buyers at the home in the 200 block of North Manhattan Place. When a woman opened the door, one suspect pulled a gun and the robbers forced their way in. They ordered the family to lie on the floor while one robber rounded up the puppies. They placed the four puppies and the family dog in a black bag and left in a silver car.

The family’s surveillance system captured the home invasion on tape, and they hope its release will result in the return of Tan-ja. Detectives are most eager to identify the suspects before they strike again.

No one was injured in the robbery, but the family is most concerned about the loss of Tan-ja, which they have had for over three years. The puppies were valued at $2,500 each.

The dog-nappers were described as Black, medium height, and in their mid-twenties. One appeared about 150 pounds, while the second was slightly heavier.

"This robbery is a good lesson to residents that soliciting buyers to one’s home can be a risky practice," Lieutenant Vernon added. "When soliciting sales from home, it may be better to meet prospective buyers at a neutral place where there are lots of other people around."

Surveillance video of the robbery

Anyone with information is asked to call Wilshire Division robbery detectives Webster Wong or Ron Kim at 213-922-8205. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).