Homeward Bound: Dog Stolen From San Francisco Home Found Months Later In Palmdale

Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control and Care's Director Marcia Mayeda hoped this story would encourage everyone to microchip their pet and keep the registry information up to date.

Homeward Bound: Dog Stolen From San Francisco Home Found Months Later In Palmdale

PALMDALE (CBSLA) — A dog stolen from its home in San Francisco last year was back with its owner Tuesday after being brought to a Palmdale shelter as a stray.

Jackson, a 6-year-old miniature Australian shepherd, was stolen the morning of Dec. 14 from his home in the Bernal Heights area of San Francisco, according to Don Belton, public information officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control and Care, and a website dedicated to finding Jackson.

Jackson’s family had given up hope of finding their beloved dog after months of searching, but on Monday, the pup was brought into the Palmdale Animal Care Center after someone found him and thought he was a stray.

The center scanned the dog’s microchip and was able to contact his owner, Emilie Talermo. The owner initially thought the call was a prank, but after the center sent over a photo of the animal, she called some friends in the area to go pick up Jackson.

Jackson was reunited with Talermo early Tuesday morning.

“It was an incredible experience,” Talermo said. “Everyone was so kind and empathetic towards the situation.”

Police said the accused dognapper, from Palmdale, was already in jail after being arrested on a different felony theft charge.

Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control and Care’s Director Marcia Mayeda hoped this story would encourage everyone to microchip their pet and keep the registry information up to date.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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Thief Breaks Into Health Care Worker’s Car, Steals N95 Masks Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

A South Pasadena health care worker got a rude awakening after finding that not only had his car been broken into, but a stash of N95 masks and medical gloves were stolen.

Thief Breaks Into Health Care Worker’s Car, Steals N95 Masks Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Police often remind people to take out or hide valuables when leaving their cars, but in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, what’s considered valuable has changed.

Masks and medical gloves were stolen from a South Pasadena health care worker’s car. (Credit: David Seto)

“When I got to my car, basically the window was smashed, glass was on the ground,” David Seto, a health care worker, said. “So, I looked in there and saw what was taken.”

Seto, who works at the VA, had parked his car overnight in a South Pasadena garage. He said the thieves knew exactly what they wanted.

“It looked like they went right for the N95 masks and some gloves, like medical gloves,” he said.

A frightening thought, especially since Seto works on the frontlines at the hospital.

“We have a whole special COVID-19 screening area that’s outside the hospital, in front of the emergency entrance, so we do the swabbing for all the patients with fever and coughs and all that stuff,” Seto said. “So, pretty high risk.”

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That role means having personal protective equipment, like masks and gloves, is vital to his safety.

“In the beginning, this was actually what I was using in the hospital because we didn’t have any N95s for people that were doing my job,” Seto said. “And now it’s become backup.”

Seto’s wife posted an alert to a Facebook group in case the thief tries to sell the masks and gloves at a markup.

“Looks like N95 now is something very valuable (if they do price gouging),” she wrote. “If you have some in your car, hide them.”

And while Seto has filed a police report and was working with the authorities to try to get security video of the theft, he said he understood.

“People are strapped for cash,” he said. “I totally understand it, so all we can do is just maintain an attitude of goodwill and compassion.”

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