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Los Gatos Puppy Stolen, Couple Robbed at Gunpoint

A 9-week-old Pomeranian named 'Bronxie' is snatched from Los Gatos couple after attempted carjacking Friday evening in San Jose.

From left, this 9-week-old Pomeranian puppy named 'Bronxie' is said to have been stolen by suspect Juan Carlos Chavez at gunpoint Friday evening, Nov. 8 in San Jose. The victim couple is from Los Gatos. Images courtesy SJPD
From left, this 9-week-old Pomeranian puppy named 'Bronxie' is said to have been stolen by suspect Juan Carlos Chavez at gunpoint Friday evening, Nov. 8 in San Jose. The victim couple is from Los Gatos. Images courtesy SJPD
A Los Gatos couple selling a 9-week-old female Pomeranian puppy through the online auction and shopping site eBay were robbed at gunpoint Friday evening in San Jose after responding to a man who expressed an interest in the transaction.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Juan Carlos Chavez, 38, of Milpitas, met the Los Gatos couple and their small black puppy named "Bronxie" at approximately 11:37 p.m. on the 700 block of Story Road in San Jose and snatched the canine at gun point.

Chavez called the victims after seeing their dog-for-sale advertisement on eBay
and arranged a meeting at the location of the crime, according to police.

The victims allowed the suspect to hold the dog and while holding the little black canine, Chavez brandished a handgun and demanded their car, police added.

The victims, fearing for their life, quickly drove off and the suspect fled with the dog and is still outstanding, police said.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Detective Zanotto #3657 of the San Jose Police Department's Robbery Investigations Unit, at 408-277-4166.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867), or may visit: http://svcrimestoppers.org/.

Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.

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Lynne Bryant, CS November 11, 2013 at 02:32 PM
I didn't know you could sell animals on eBay... Doesn't seem right. I agree with others, meeting a stranger at that late hour seems risky
Esmée St James November 11, 2013 at 03:07 PM
The idea of selling animals online creeps me out too. How can you really qualify a buyer? And what would possess a person to sell an innocent animal to a total stranger online without even checking them out? Don't get me started....
Ava Newman Sterling November 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Anyone who gives away or sells an animal online is a cretin. This is how abusers get animals. I have no sympathy for them. I feel fo the puppy.
Pat Dowling November 27, 2013 at 04:39 AM
Transaction took place on the 700 block of Story Rd at around midnight, eh? The "victims" were either a) recently arrived foreigners; b) cretins with IQs on the negative side of zero; or c) suicidal.
Cassie Maas December 09, 2013 at 07:52 PM
I don't really understand why everyone is blaming the victims. However, most police stations will allow you to conduct your online transaction in their lobby. While it was poor judgement to meet anywhere at that time of night to conduct a transaction (not to mention the poor puppy was probably tired), there could be a reason for it. The buyer may have said they work a swing shift. Without more information, it is hard to tell. I just hope that whatever happens, the puppy ends up in a loving home.

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