Man, woman suspected of stealing pit bull puppy arrested after shooting

Incident occurred on Moss Street in Chula Vista

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A man and a woman were arrested Saturday after Chula Vista police say they stole a pit bull puppy.

Chula Vista police officers responded to the 200 block of Moss Street shortly after 11 a.m. to investigate reports of gunshots in the area.

Witnesses told officers that two vehicles had been chasing each other. The occupants of a small blue or green sedan were shooting at the driver of a tan minivan who was chasing them, witnesses said.

Upon further investigation, officers learned that a man and woman in a turquoise VW Jetta had stolen a pit bull puppy from a nearby residence and fled in their car.

The puppy's owner began chasing the pair in his vehicle and caught up to them near 3rd Avenue at Moss Street. The two then sped away with the puppy's owner pursuing them. One of the suspects began shooting at the owner's car, police said.

This continued on Moss Street until the Jetta crashed into a tree near Moss and Naples streets. The man and woman then got out of the Jetta and ran away, leaving the puppy in the car. 

The owner returned home and called police. The puppy was then taken out of the car shortly before the Jetta caught fire as a result of the crash.

Officers located the man and woman nearby. They were taken into custody without incident.

The owner and the puppy were uninjured, police said. The man and woman suspected in the incident, 23-year-old Arturo Deharo and 18-year-old Lizeth Garcia, were also uninjured and were later booked into the Central Jail and Las Colinas, respectively.

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