Police Capture 2nd Dog Napper

A second suspect has been arrested for the June 6th theft of a van full of show dogs. The van was stolen from the parking lot of In-N-Out Burger in Redding. It contained 14 purebred champion bloodline dogs on their way to a dog show in the Bay Area. The van was left unattended for a few minutes, and it was left running so the air conditioning would keep the dogs comfortable. After it was stolen, the various owners of the dogs built a reward fund of $30,000. At 10:30AM the following morning a tip brought police to a wooded area off Canyon Road about a half-mile from Highway 273. That’s where the van was found abandoned with all the dogs inside. They were hot and thirsty but they were apparently alright. Since then, RPD Investigators have reviewed surveillance video from In-N-Out and identified two suspects. Arrest warrants were acquired and Thursday afternoon 41-year-old Benjamin David Larson was captured. He’s on parole and has an extensive criminal history. 28-year-old Billy Jo Patterson was captured on Friday. Both men have been booked on vehicle theft, along with 14 counts of animal cruelty.

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