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Dognapping in San Jose ends in Ceres arrest
This six-week-old puppy was stolen in San Jose and recovered in Ceres on Wednesday. - photo by Photo Submitted

A six-week-old puppy stolen from its San Jose owner was recovered in Ceres Wednesday and the alleged thief arrested on two charges.

Ceres Police Department received a 10 a.m. call from a San Jose Police detective who said that Mohammad Nayl, 46, took the Husky from owner Luis Gutierrez while he was working at a warehouse. Nayl reportedly gave the dog to his estranged Ceres girlfriend who had a restraining order against him. Officer Charles Rushing showed up at the woman’s Ceres residence where Nayl’s car was parked. Nayl was found in the backyard where he was arrested.

The girlfriend was unaware of Nayl’s actions and was not involved with the theft of the puppy, said Ceres Police Department spokesman Sgt. Greg Yotsuya.

Nayl was booked into the Public Safety Center for possession of stolen property and violation of a domestic violence restraining order.

Gutierrez drove to the Ceres Police Department headquarters where he was reunited with his puppy.

Mohammad Nayl
Mohammad Nayl