Two Chihuahuas and a vehicle were returned to their rightful owner Friday after a suspect ran off with both in Fresno, Lt. Joe Gomez said.
A 44-year-old woman said she was collecting recyclables in the 4600 block of West Cornell Avenue west of Highway 99 just before 6 a.m. when a man pushed her to the ground and stole her pickup.
Gomez said the man pretended to be injured when he approached the woman. Instead, the suspect, who the woman said only had one front tooth, jumped into the Ford Ranger and drove away at high speed.
Inside were the woman’s two Chihuahua dogs, both of whom were unharmed when the abandoned vehicle was found in Fresno County at McKinley and Vista avenues. Deputies later returned the vehicle to the woman.
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Gomez said the suspect was described by the woman as a white man, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall, wearing a white T-shirt with gray and white shorts and a baseball cap.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867.