(CBS SF) — A suspect seen on surveillance camera stealing a puppy from a San Jose business has been arrested in in California’s Central Valley and the puppy found safe.
The theft happened Monday afternoon inside a business on the 2000 block of Bering Drive when a man was seen petting, and then taking, a Husky/Golden Retriever mix named “Nyla.”
San Jose Police said it received information that the suspect responsible for the dog-napping was in the Stanislaus County town of Ceres. Wednesday morning, Ceres police officers made contact with the suspect – identified as Mohammed Nayl – at his home in Ceres.
The puppy was also found inside the residence, police said.
The dog’s owner, Luis Gutierrez, posted news of Nyla’s theft on Facebook. On Wednesday, he received a call from Ceres Police with the good news.
“They did not tell me how, they just told me that a suspect has been arrested and you can come pick up Nyla whenever you want,” said Gutierrez. “So I got in my car right away and … (laughs).”
Gutierrez said he’s thankful to police and everyone who called with information. Because of them, he got the outcome that he was too frightened to even hope for. “Terrible week and a beautiful day to catch a suspect and get a dog back to her family,” he said.
Nayl was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on charges of possession of stolen property and violation of a protective order.
Gutierrez said he plans to get his puppy microchipped as soon as possible.