Update Feb. 27, 2021: San Francisco police Saturday said Scruggs was reunited with its owners in the city of Richmond. Authorities said Scruggs was sold to a Richmond resident who purchased the puppy in The City’s Tenderloin neighborhood. After posting photos of the new dog on social media, they realized the dog they purchased was stolen. SFPD helped facilitate the reunion between Srcuggs and its owners in Richmond. Below is the original story.

San Francisco police are asking for the public’s help find a missing dog stolen Monday morning on the 200 block of Sutter Street.

Police said Scruggs, a 4-month-old Maltese, was stolen from a 23-year-old Los Gatos resident who had left the dog inside his Subaru SUV at approximately 10 a.m. The owner returned to his vehicle 30 minutes later and discovered the dog was gone.

Surveillance footage led authorities to 43-year-old Viengphet Sasone, who allegedly stole the puppy from the parked vehicle, police said. Police arrested Sasone at approximately 12:50 p.m. Friday on the 50o block of Mason Street.

Police said Sasone refused to tell investigators where the puppy was taken. He was booked on charges of second degree auto burglary, possession of burglar tools and a probation violation. Police said Sasone is also on probation for a prior burglary offense in The City.

Authorities are asking the public’s help to find the white Maltese, weighing approximately 12 pounds and last seen wearing a pink and blue leash and .

Anyone with information about the missing dog can call the SFPD Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay. A San Francisco native, he has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Send tips to jerold@sfbay.ca or at Twitter @Jerold_Chinn.

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