UPDATE | One of two Shih Tzus stolen during a home burglary in East Long Beach Monday has been reunited with his owner, authorities said today.
Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officials said the victim was contacted by a private citizen and they returned Winston. No further details are available on how the dog was returned.
The investigation continues to locate Wesley (previously identified as Bowie by authorities) and to find the burglary suspects, said LBPD spokesman Sgt. Brad Johnson.
CONFIRMED: Winston is BACK with his owner (here w/Det Otto)💙🐶Thanks for helping us reunite them. HOWEVER, still looking for a 2nd missing dog named Westley! If u have any info on the whereabouts of Westley or incident, please call the #LBPD Burglary detail at (562) 570-7351. pic.twitter.com/udxBU6MzOq
— Long Beach PD (CA) (@LBPD) March 29, 2018
PREVIOUSLY: Police Searching for Trio Suspected of Stealing Pet Dogs During Home Invasion
3/28/18 at 4:29PM | Police today are asking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible for stealing two small dogs and personal items during a home burglary in East Long Beach Monday.
Authorities said the incident took place in the 5800 block of Monlaco Road in the city’s South of Conant neighborhood on March 26.
When the victim arrived home at 6:40PM he found his home ransacked and his two Shih Tzu dogs, named Wesley and Bowie, missing.
Detectives responded the next day and collected video surveillance of three possible suspects and a possible suspect vehicle.
The suspects are each identified as black men in their early 20s and between 5 feet, 10 inches tall to six feet tall. The first suspect was also described as having shoulder-length dreads and wearing blue jeans, white Jordan shoes and a dark red sweater. The second suspect was described as wearing blue jeans and a grey sweater and the third suspect was described as wearing blue jeans, red underwear and a white shirt.
The suspect vehicle is described as a silver 2018 Jeep Compass with tinted windows. It was captured on video backing into the victim’s driveway at about 5:05PM and is last seen going eastbound on Monlaco Road and out of sight of the camera a few minutes later.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Burglary Detective Daniel Martinez at (562) 570-7392. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Photos courtesy of LBPD.