Two stolen dogs were returned safely to their owners in Glendale.
According to the Glendale Police Department, the dogs were reported stolen on Dec. 17 from the 7000 block of Mary Jane Lane. The victims reported the dogs, an English bulldog (Lala) and a French bulldog (Paris), had disappeared from their backyard.
Neighbors told the victims that they saw three people picking up the dogs and driving away with them. Two days later, one of the suspects, identified as April Wilder, allegedly arrived at the victim’s home with Lala requesting a reward for her safe return, police say. The victim recognized the car Wilder arrived in as the car described by neighbors as the one involved with stealing the dogs.
After the victim confronted Wilder she (Wilder) left Lala and took off. The victim followed the suspect while calling police, and Glendale officers located Wilder and conducted a traffic stop which led to an arrest.
Through the investigation officers were told the other missing dog, Paris, may be with two other suspects at a park located near 23rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road. Officers went to the park and located Paris with the suspects, Charles Austin and Barry Grier, and took Paris into possession while arresting the suspects.
The suspects (Wilder, Austin and Grier) were all booked on several charges to include felony theft.
The dogs are valued at $10,000 apiece, according to investigators.
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