Puppy stolen from parked car in San Francisco returned to owners

Scruggs, seen here in an undated photo, was taken Monday from a parked car in the 200 block of Sutter St. in San Francisco.
Scruggs, seen here in an undated photo, was taken Monday from a parked car in the 200 block of Sutter St. in San Francisco. Photo credit San Francisco Police Department

A Maltese puppy was returned to his family Saturday, after a Richmond resident who purchased Scruggs realized he had been stolen.

The Richmond resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the four-month-old puppy in the Tenderloin, police said. After posting photos of their "new dog" on social media, they learned that Scruggs had been stolen.

San Francisco investigators reunited Scruggs with his owners and said the dog appears to be in good health and is happy to be with his family.

Police said the white dog was stolen Monday morning from a parked SUV in the 200 block of Sutter St. The victim, identified as a 23-year-old Los Gatos man, told officers he left the puppy in his car alone for about 30 minutes and it was gone when he got back.

Surveillance video helped police track down a suspect, 43-year-old Viengphet Sasone.

He was arrested Thursday, but refused to tell officers where to find Scruggs.