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English Bulldog Stolen from Owner at Gunpoint in West Hollywood

The dog's owner, Justin Garcia, was walking his bulldog named Capone, and while he went to retrieve belongings from his car, the suspects got out of their vehicle and confronted him at gunpoint.

Authorities sought the public's help Tuesday to find the suspects who stole an English bulldog at gunpoint from its owner in West Hollywood.

The crime occurred about 11:40 P.M. Monday in the 1100 block of Olive Drive, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"Two suspects exited a newer model black Jeep Compass, pointed a firearm at the victim, and robbed him of his English bulldog," according to a sheriff's department statement.

"The two male adult suspects then entered the black Jeep Compass and fled the location at a high rate of speed," the statement said. "The vehicle was last seen driving northbound on Olive Drive towards Fountain Avenue."

No description was released of the suspects.

The dog's owner, Justin Garcia, told KTLA5 he was walking his bulldog named Capone, and while he went to retrieve belongings from his car, the suspects got out of their vehicle and confronted him at gunpoint.

While one thief took Capone to the back of the Jeep, another jumped into Garcia's car and ransacked it, Garcia said. The thieves then got away in their vehicle.

"I'm deeply worried," Garcia told KTLA. "He's not only just a part of our family and our life, but he's my emotional support animal."

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call detectives at the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station at 310-855-8850. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS, or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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