UPDATED Alameda police seeking alleged dognappers
Alameda police are looking for two men who, they said, stole an elderly woman’s dog and purse during a daytime robbery Saturday.
Police said an 80-year-old woman was walking her dog at 2 p.m. Saturday in the area of Encinal Avenue and Fountain Street when she was approached by two men in a vehicle. Police said one of the men simulated a gun and demanded the woman’s purse and her dog, a 5-year-old neutered male purebred Yorkie named Deuce. They said that when the victim refused, one of the suspects pulled the dog’s leash away from the woman while the other grabbed her purse.
The suspects, who were described as African-American men between the ages of 18 and 22 of thin build and medium complexion, fled in a blue 90s model Cutlass Oldsmobile Ciera with an off-color left-front quarter panel. The vehicle had no front license plate and a rear plate similar to CA#3REL125, police said. The suspects were last seen wearing black hooded sweatshirts, white T-shirts and blue jeans, police said. They said one suspect was seen wearing a red baseball hat in surveillance footage.
Police said the suspects used the victim’s credit cards at two gas stations in East Oakland.
Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the stolen dog. They’re asking anyone with information on Deuce to call the department’s Violent Crimes Unit at 337-8340.