SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A purebred English bulldog puppy stolen out of a car March 29 was back home with its owners in Serra Mesa Saturday, thanks to a little publicity and a tipster.
"The chance of recovery seemed slim to none," Mark Silva, a 26-year-old Navy petty officer, who shares the puppy with wife Jennika, told The San Diego Union-Tribune. "We got a miracle."
Cornbeef was swiped out of Mark's vehicle parked outside a Fry's electronics store on Aero Drive by someone who fled in a Toyota Sienna about 9 p.m. that Tuesday.
The couple got some help from a tipster after papering the area with fliers. San Diego police got word that Cornbeef was being held in Spring Valley, and they soon found a vehicle matching one used in the crime.
Police found the dog in a mobile home near the car, and Miguel Angel Abeyta, 26, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and auto burglary. Three others are being sought.
The puppy was just 6-weeks-old when Silva bought him March 15. Cornbeef soon became deathly ill and had just started to recover when he was dog-napped.
A story in the Union-Tribune led a tipster to call Silva on Tuesday.
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