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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Stolen Dog Reunited With Owner, Woman Arrested

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 2:12 PM

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Great news: Mochi the stolen pup is back home with his owner — and the suspected dognapper is behind bars. 

According to police, the pit bull was taken from its Gilbert Street home while her owner, David Baker snoozed Sunday night. The canine crook didn't make it too far, though. After all the buzz on social media about the crime, the suspect was busted last night, says Officer Grace Gatpandan.

Police arrested 31-year-old Melissa Perna Monday night on one count of felony burglary, felony possession of stolen property, and two misdemeanor narcotics charges.

Here are some make-your-day photos of Mochi and Baker:

Good morning from Mochi! She's so happy to be in her own bed she doesn't wanna leave. These past few days have been so crazy and surreal. I can't thank all of you enough, everyone that shared, everyone supporting, and especially those out on foot helping me find her. There are so many of you to name but you know who you are and I am so blessed and grateful for all of you. Last night was pretty crazy, after starting a small night crew we were able to have a spotter find Mochi, identify her and have a group surround the thief and obtain my dog. It was the most intense and emotional experience in my life, being so happy to be reunited with my pup and also watching the thief get caught and being able to look her in the eyes while she was arrested was a crazy feeling. The power of community, friendship, and social media is crazy. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR BRINGING MOCHI HOME

A photo posted by David Baker (@davidbaker) on

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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