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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Scott Savage November 09, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Unfortunately robberies of people finalizing online transactions happens time after time. I wonder if it might be possible for local police departments to identify locations in close proximity to police stations where folks can make the exchange. My thinking is that this may increase security during the transactions and decrease the numbers of robberies.
Virginia Fiorentino November 09, 2013 at 04:50 PM
How very sad. It seems a little dangerous to meet anyone we don't know at 11:30 PM. Late hour bad area.
kate williams November 09, 2013 at 05:10 PM
I'm not sure that meeting a stranger at 11:30 pm in east san jose was a very good choice, however, selling a puppy on an online auction was perhaps the worst choice. That must have been very scary and glad that nobody was hurt. Hopefully the little dog is being loved and cared for by someone.
Tim Gorsulowsky November 09, 2013 at 05:18 PM
This is so upsetting----Please do not ever list a pet on EBAY, then plan to meet with someone you do not know. I love the EBAY concept, but it is not set-up for this process. Additionally do not go to East San Jose to meet anyone at 11:30 am or pm. Do not have them come to your house also. The easy plan is to sell your pet thru a retailer or vet. office. Your vet. would be pleased to assist with alternatives. Lastly, EBAY is designed to sell items by use of Pay Pal then shipped via Postal Services. All the best in the future.
Marilyn Leonard November 09, 2013 at 06:44 PM
People shouldn't transact transactions with unknown persons unless they are in a public area with lots of people around. The suggestion of doing it at a police station is a great one. Reliable people wouldn't have a problem with that. Meeting an unknown person at 11:30 to conduct a transaction is always stupid, whether it's east San Jose or west San Jose or wherever.
Amie Sue November 09, 2013 at 06:47 PM
I was going to post about the time and place of this transaction, but others already have. Use common sense people. Oh my goodness. The couple who were robbed obviously had to learn the hard way. Nothing good happens past 11:30 in that area....nothing.
kaylorsan November 09, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Are you sure that the details are correct? I don't believe one is allowed to post live animals for sale on eBay.com. I believe that is specifically prohibited.
Dennis Jones November 09, 2013 at 07:29 PM
How the heck did they get the guys name and picture?
Bob Rosenthal November 09, 2013 at 08:48 PM
11:30 PM on Story Road in East San Jose is NOT a good idea.
Mckenna Smith November 09, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Craigslist is just as dangerous!!!
Homes & Estates Liquidation Providers H.E.L.P. November 09, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Once again poor judgement played a huge role. Never meet anyone at 11:37 pm and never anywhere on Story Road!
Ricardo Furioso November 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Just ask to meet at the police station. The end.
Vikki November 10, 2013 at 01:29 PM
OT, but very worth getting the word out. Sadly, many of the puppies that are sold on Ebay Classifieds are brought in from wholesale puppy mills. People can write Ebay Classifieds to complain about the sale of live animals. .
Karen McDermott November 10, 2013 at 01:42 PM
The couple selling the puppy should figure a better way to make a living then selling innocent puppies on ebay or any other way for that matter. The crime here is the couple selling the puppy! This is a disgrace...The puppy is likely in better hands with the robber then the criminal couple selling the innocent puppy.
Greg Lachaga November 10, 2013 at 03:13 PM
I agree! I hope that puppy is being cared for.
LGResident November 10, 2013 at 04:38 PM
The guy who met them obviously was just after the car and was only guilty of stealing the dog because they drove off and left him with it. The whole story belies belief - what idiots. No sympathy for the "victims", just that poor puppy who wasn't wanted and is probably dumped somewhere.
Esmée St James November 10, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Poor puppy...
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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