In a heartwarming turn of events, San Diego authorities have apprehended a bicycle burglar who was caught on camera petting a family's golden retriever before making off with a distinctive black Electra 3-speed bicycle. The 42-year-old unidentified suspect was taken into custody for the theft of the $1,300 bicycle from a Pacific Beach home on July 15th, according to San Diego police.
The captivating footage that went viral earlier this month showed the burglar engaging with the homeowner's dog moments before the crime took place. In the video, the suspect can be seen rubbing the dog's belly and showering praise upon the sweet canine, exclaiming, "You're the coolest dog I've ever known. I love you, too. You're a sweetheart." He even expressed concern about the open garage, asking the dog, "Where's your dad? Your dad should not leave the garage door open."
The San Diego Police Department, in a Facebook post on Sunday, expressed their gratitude for the collaboration of the community and an invaluable anonymous tip, which led to the arrest of the suspect. The stolen bicycle was successfully returned to its rightful owner, much to the delight of the dog, Ace, who had become an unexpected star in this unusual crime.
"We're thrilled to report the bicycle is back home, much to the delight of Ace, a very good boy," said the San Diego Police Department in an Instagram post. This heartwarming ending underscores the power of community collaboration and serves as a reminder of the impact that the public can have in solving crimes.
Authorities had previously described the stolen bicycle as having a “distinct” design, with “8-ball” caps on the tire valves, an “8-ball” logo on the frame, and a rear wheel frame marked with a checkered black and white pattern.
The arrest of the suspect brings closure to the unsettling incident that left the community on high alert. The San Diego Police Department concluded their announcement with a message of gratitude, stating, "Thank you for helping keep our city safe!".
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