Escondido Police find stolen mule with public's help

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - Escondido Police reported Monday the discovery of a mule less than a day after she was reported stolen.

According to police, the white mule named "Little Girl" was taken just after midnight Monday by two unknown males in downtown Escondido, in an area near Grape Day Park on N. Broadway.

Police said the pair "untied the mule and were last seen leading the animal east along the flood control bike path from Broadway" adjacent to the park.

One of the males was wearing a black and gray Pendleton-style jacket with a gray hood, while the other was wearing a dark-colored jacket, dark jeans, a light-colored baseball cap and was riding a bicycle.

According to police, the mule's owner is a "frequent visitor to Escondido as he travels the state with two additional mules."

Police issued a request for public tips and received information that led to the arrest of Escondido resident David Martinez.

Officers said Little Girl was unharmed. 

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