19-Year-Old Charged In Alameda Stolen Dog Case

ALAMEDA (AP) – A teenager has been charged with receiving stolen property in connection with the theft of a Yorkshire terrier snatched from an 80-year-old woman walking down a Northern California street.

Prosecutor Mark McCannon said Monday that 19-year-old Christopher Perkins, who has previous drug convictions, also had his probation revoked.

Two men robbed Helen Bignone of her purse and the 6-year-old dog on Oct. 30 in Alameda. Perkins is believed to have released the dog in a Stockton park three days later and a woman bought him for $20.

The San Francisco Chronicle said the woman saw a news report on the theft and contacted authorities, who reunited Bignone with the dog last week.

Police were still searching for the second suspect.

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