The owners of Pablo the Australian Shepherd were joyfully reunited with their wiggling, licking pup Thursday evening after their furry friend was stolen at gunpoint in northwest Washington, D.C. the day before.
Pablo is one two puppies stolen during a series of armed robberies and a shooting Wednesday in Washington. The dog was found as a result of the Carjacking Task Force detective’s investigation, according to a tweet from the DC Police Department.
Armed assailants snatched Pablo on Wednesday afternoon outside a CVS in northwest Washington, the pup’s owner said in a tweet.
“Let me get your dog,” the robber said to one of Pablo’s owners who stood outside the pharmacy with the dog while the other owner was inside the store, according to The Washington Post.
While one assailant pressed a gun against the owner, another man picked up the dog and two others took the owner’s phone and wallet.
“We are devastated,” one of Pablo’s owner said in a tweet at the time the dog was taken, adding they would offer $50,000 to anyone who brought puppy home.
But good news came to the owners following the DCPD’s investigation.
The small dog with one light eye and one dark eye was found in a residence in the city’s northeast neighborhood and several arrests have been made as a result, police said. The police did not release the names of the suspects or the nature of the charges.
Police said the active investigation is ongoing as officials search for a second pup, Bruno, that was also taken from his owner Wednesday.
Bruno, a one-year-old male French bulldog, was wearing a black collar and a black leash when he was stolen by four men just minutes before Pablo was taken in the city’s Northwest neighborhood, according to police.
The men approached the owner wielding a gun and demanded their wallet and iPhone before driving off in a vehicle with Bruno.
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Police believe the same men were responsible for both dog-nappings and investigators think they were also associated with two other incidents Wednesday. Minutes after the dogs were taken, police responded to a report of gunshots in the Northeast portion of Washington. Officers there found two men with gunshot wounds who taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
About ten minutes later, police said the same group of armed men were seen approaching another victim in Northeast and demanding the person’s iPhone and Jordan 12 shoes. The victim complied and the robbers drove away, police said. A camera captured images of two of the suspects.
USA TODAY has reached out to DCPD for further comment on the search for Bruno.
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