LAPD, Family Want Help Finding Poodle Stolen During Residential Burglary

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A recent daytime residential burglary feels more like a kidnapping for a family in Arleta, according to police.


Tequila, who has been missing since a March 5 burglary at an Arleta home, is shown in a photo provided by LAPD.

The family’s 5-pound toy poodle, “Tequila,” was stolen during the March 5 a break-in at a home in the 14000 block of Pinney Street (map), stated news release from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Station.

“Some callous person broke in through a window and ransacked the home,” said LAPD Officer Kelli Pickart in the news release. “It was bad enough to take this family’s computer, but to take their precious pet — it’s really maddening.”

The dog was valued at $600, but was “priceless” to the Molina family, Pickart said.

“We think some unsuspecting person may have received Tequila as a recent gift from a friend, perhaps even from the burglar who took her,” Pickart said.

The family was offering a reward for Tequila’s return, but the amount was not specified by police.

Anyone with information on this crime was urged to call Pickart at 818-838-9864.

Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-8477, or by texting 274637with a cell phone, beginning the message with “LAPD.” Online tips can be submitted at

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