A Fontana resident was arrested after he was allegedly caught on video stealing a dog from a home in Yucaipa, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
On Sept. 3, the Yucaipa Police Department became aware of the theft that was captured on a home surveillance camera. The video of the crime was widely circulated on social media by residents and clearly showed a man at the victim's residence at the time of the theft.
Authorities identified the suspect as 41-year-old Sergio Farfan-Gonzalez, who works as an alarm technician for a home security company. Investigators were able to speak to the suspect via telephone on Sept. 4, but he refused to meet with deputies.
A search warrant was obtained for his residence in Fontana. When investigators arrived at the residence, they located Farfan-Gonzalez and took him into custody without incident.
As investigators worked to locate the stolen dog, an unknown male came to the victim's residence and returned the dog to the family. The male left without providing any information to the family, and investigators are asking the public to help identify and locate this person. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Juan Aguirre at the Yucaipa Station at (909) 918-2305.
The pug puppy named Zoey is back at home and safe with its family.
Farfan-Gonzalez was arrested and booked into the San Bernardino County Jail on a charge of grand theft of a dog.