French bulldog Mozzy taken from downtown business found safe

Mozzy, suspected abductor found in El Cerrito

SAN DIEGO - A dog that was stolen from a downtown business was found safe in El Cerrito on Tuesday evening.

Mozzy, a two year-old French bulldog, disappeared Monday from the storefront at Rate Rabbit Home Loans on Front Street. He is less of a guard dog and more of a mascot.

"Mozzy comes to work every day. He's kind of our therapy for when things get stressful," said Robin Mitchell, who is with Rate Rabbit Home Loans. 

However, on Monday afternoon, security video showed a man in a red shirt checking Mozzy out.

"There is nothing over there that would cause him to come over to that window," said Mitchell.

In the video, the man, who seems friendly, crouches down and taps on the glass to get Mozzy's attention. Thirty seconds later, the man leaves.

Less than a minute after the man leaves, video shows what appears to be a young woman opening the door and bending down, likely calling Mozzy over to her. Mozzy gives her a sniff and then runs out the door and around the corner, with the woman leaving as well. Witnesses reported seeing a red Ford Explorer near the scene, but no one saw a license plate.

On Tuesday evening, police following a tip located the dog and the woman in the parking lot of a Food 4 Less off University Avenue in El Cerrito.

10News viewer Sandro Fernandez said he spotted an SUV that matched the description of the one seen outside the downtown business. That is when he called police.

"I was at the Dollar Store earlier and I saw her," he told 10News. "She came in with the dog in her hands and I recognized it right away because I saw the video earlier on the news and then we followed her to Food 4 Less and we saw the car that she had and it matched the video."

The woman was taken into custody. Police said she had the same coat as the woman seen in the surveillance video.

10News traced the vehicle where Mozzy was found Tuesday night. It was registered to Dyan Chavez, a 23-year-old woman. She is in custody on $25,000 bail, facing charges of burglary, receiving stolen property, and grand theft. 

Those who work in the downtown building are just glad Mozzy is back home. 

"I just want to thank everyone," said Mozzy's owner, Jeff Vuytowecz . "I really appreciate the cooperation from everybody and it wouldn't have been possible without the help of people."

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