Santa Paula Animal Rescue worker robbed at gunpoint –Shelter dog taken

On Monday May 9, 2016 at approximately 2:13pm officers responded to the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) located at 705 E. Santa Barbara St., Santa Paula for a report of a robbery that had just occurred.  Upon arrival the victim, who is an employee of SPARC, said he was walking a dog in the 700 block of E. Santa Paula St. when a white Honda or Acura sedan drove up to him.  Two suspects exited the vehicle, with the driver producing a handgun, and demanded the dog stating it belonged to them.  The victim/employee allowed the suspects to have the dog and they fled the area driving westbound on Santa Paula Street.  The suspects are described as follows:

Suspect # 1 (Driver) – Hispanic male, mid 30’s, 5-6 tall, heavy set, clean shaven, wearing a grey sweater, grey checkered shorts, and white Nike shoes.

Suspect # 2 (Passenger) – Hispanic male, late 20’s, 6-0 tall, thin build, clean shaven, red shirt with cartoon characters, black pants, and grey Vans

A canvass of the neighborhood was conducted for witnesses however none were located.  Below is a photo of the dog. It’s a grey and white pit-bull.  If anyone has any information regarding this crime please contact Detective Shane Norwood at (805) 525-4474 x 287 or email [email protected].  

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