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Purloined Pinole pooch returned to owner


PINOLE — A missing French bulldog taken during a home invasion robbery last week that resulted in the arrests of three suspects was found Tuesday and returned to its owner, police said Wednesday.

One-year-old “Chanel” had fled from the suspects’ car after it crashed Nov. 17 in Berkeley.

Pinole Sgt. Justin Rogers said Wednesday the dog was found Tuesday by someone in Berkeley who took her to a local veterinarian. The vet was able to read an implanted computer chip that led her to being reunited with her owner Tuesday.

The robbery happened about 12:36 p.m. Nov. 17 at an apartment in the 500 block of Sunnyview Drive.

Multiple suspects forced open the door and held the 41-year-old woman inside at gunpoint, police said. The suspects ransacked the apartment and stole some of her property, including the dog.

The suspects fled in a black Dodge Charger that had been reported stolen out of Tracy two months ago, Rogers said. California Highway Patrol officers spotted the Charger driving westbound on Interstate 80 near Fitzgerald Drive and began pursuing it before terminating the pursuit due to safety concerns.

After the pursuit ended, the Charger was involved in a two-vehicle collision on I-80 near University Avenue in Berkeley. The three suspects fled the car but were soon captured and arrested on robbery and weapons charges, police said. Chanel also ran from the vehicle and was not found at the time.

Police found a rifle, two pistols and items belonging to the Pinole woman inside the vehicle.

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