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Calif. man who stopped mid-burglary to pet dog arrested

San Diego Police said the bike “is back home, much to the delight of Ace, a very good boy,” and that the arrest shows “the power of community collaboration”


San Diego Police Department

By Sarah Roebuck

SAN DIEGO — Thanks to a tip and community collaboration, the San Diego Police Department arrested a man who was caught on camera stopping mid-burglary to pet a family’s dog.

Earlier in August, the police department posted security video of the man stealing a $1,300 Electra 3-speed bike. Before he left the family’s garage with the bike, he noticed the dog, propped the bike’s kickstand and approached the dog.

“You’re the coolest dog I’ve ever known. I love you, too. You’re a sweetheart,” the man can be heard saying in the video before giving the dog some belly rubs.

Police announced on Aug. 27 that an anonymous tip came in that led to the arrest of a 42-year-old man.

“We’re thrilled to report the bicycle is back home, much to the delight of Ace, a very good boy. This success underscores the power of community collaboration. Thank you for helping keep our city safe!” police said in a statement.