by Don Ford & Brandon Mercer

UPDATE: Mochi’s Been Found, Dognapper Busted! (Via CBS Sister Station

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — When a thief stole a man’s dog Mochi along with a laptop and bicycles, the owner took to social media and recruited hundreds of people to help track her down, but none more connected than Green Day’s front man Billie Joe Armstrong.

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“To me it’s a kidnapping, that was my child, and it was taken away from my house,” said David Baker.

It began with a few tweets and Instagrams, and paper fliers, and then an outpouring of support from skaters, who wrote, “Skateboarders can do anything, let’s help.” From there, Armstrong (who also lives in the East Bay) found it, and re-posted it, and then an army of search crews arrived.

Armstrong–Green Day’s lead singer–has 434,000 Instagram followers who saw the plight.  The post got over 28,000 likes immediately. Some came from as far as Berkeley to help.

“I live out in Berkeley and I BARTed out to the city, and now I’m cruising around with a couple of people, zig-zagging all through below Market,” said Arman Alexander.

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Repost from @jimthiebaud Skateboarders can do anything – let's help @DavidBaker & @Cassniki bring their stolen dog Mochi home. Their SF apt was broken into two days ago and along with their personal belongings their dog Mochi was stolen as well. They have video of the person taking the dog away. There have been recent tips that the person taking the dog frequents and was seen yesterday in Civic Center / Tenderloin / Western Edition / Soma / Lower Haight areas. Mochi is approx 50 pound female Pitbull w/ white markings on her chest and front paws. I spoke with David this AM. There is a full foot search today. Let's add to it – on skateboards. We are offering a fat DLX box to any skater that peacefully helps Mochi find her way home. If you have any info or see Mochi please call: 1 (909) 382-1156 or the SFPD. #thankyouskateboarding #bringmochihome

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The search also got a bump from another well-known musician, Matt Nathanson, who gave a heads up to his 84,000 Twitter followers.

Baker said she’s a very approachable dog, “A lot of people think pit bulls are mean, but all she knew was love. She’s just a very sweet dog. She’s super loving.”

Surveillance cameras captured images of a woman leaving David Baker and his girlfriend Cassandra Niki’s apartment on Gilbert Street after breaking in, and leashing up their dog Mochi, a pit bull mix on Sunday.

This story has a happy ending.  Mochi and owner have reunited, and the dognapper has been found, and the property seized.

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