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Richmond Police Officer's Home Burglarized, K-9 and Family Pet Poisoned

Police unions are offering a $10,000 reward in connection with the case.

By Bay City News Service

Burglars broke into a Richmond police officer's home last week, poisoned his dogs and made off with an armful of guns in what appears to have been a targeted crime, a police lieutenant said Wednesday.

"It's very upsetting that one of our officers was specifically targeted," Lt. Bisa French said. "You would think your home is a sacred area, regardless of what you do in your profession. To be targeted in this way is upsetting to all of us."

French declined to identify the officer or to disclose the location of the home, citing safety concerns.

Early Friday morning, a family member called the officer to tell him that their dog was sick.

Upon returning home, the officer suspected the family's black Labrador retriever had been poisoned and rushed it to a veterinarian, Lt. Bisa French said.

While he was gone, burglars returned to the home and stole several personal items, including two handguns and three sporting guns, and poisoned a police K-9 in a backyard kennel, French said.

The officer found that someone had put out poisoned food for both dogs. The Labrador died the following day, and the police K-9 is still recovering.

"The dogs did not have to be poisoned to burglarize the home," French noted.

She said the Police Department has received a few tips in connection with the crimes but has not identified any suspects.

"We need the public's help," she said.

The Richmond police union and police management union are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspects' arrest and conviction.

Police are also offering other monetary rewards for tips that help recover the stolen items or that advance the investigation, French said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Richmond police at (510) 232-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Denise Sangster March 07, 2013 at 06:33 AM
Neighbors: I spoke with the head of the Richmond Police Canine Unit, Sgt. Mike Rood to see if neighbors might be able to help defray medical costs for the officer’s personal dog and the Richmond Police Department's Police dog. The RPD Canine Unit would very much appreciate any financial donations. If you would like to help, please send your donation to: Richmond Police Canine Officers’ Association 1701 Regatta Blvd. Richmond, CA 94801 Attn: Sgt. Mike Rood Even if you do not live in Richmond, El Cerrito residents and neighboring areas directly benefit from the Richmond Police Canine Unit who works closely with other Police Departments to provide canine assistance to police during an emergency. Thank you for considering to help cover the medical expenses for the loss of the dog and the recovery of the Police dog. The expenses are quite significant... Hug your dog—or a neighbor’s dog…!
steve glazer March 07, 2013 at 04:50 PM
While this is an egregious crime, I am more concerned about the “armful of guns” that were stolen. Did this police officer store his guns in a locked safe? Before I jump to conclusions though, I would like to hear from the Richmond PD on whether or not proper storage and safety measures were taken. Unfortunately, there is no law requiring safe storage of guns unless it is specifically is pertaining to a minor’s access to them. Why is there no law that sensibly requires unused fire arms, in this case 3 sporting guns, to be locked up in a safe? No one can argue that 5 guns stored with ready access are required to maintain personal safety or to defend against a tyrannical government.
Susan March 08, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Denise, thank you for posting this. This is our community and our police officers work together. I hope some of us do send in some funds as I'm sure this is not only an expensive incident but a heartbreaking one.
Nannekins March 08, 2013 at 03:40 AM
This crime saddens me to the core. My heart goes out to the victims for the loss of their dear dogs and the violation of their home. The psychopaths who are responsible will not prevail. They are locked in a world that will ultimately destroy them.
Dorothy Coakley March 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Thank you for posting this information, Denise. It's a small way that we can show our concern for the officer, his dogs and the Richmond Police Canine Unit. I cannot imagine the sorrow of losing these dogs through intentional poisoning but hopefully, there will be some solace in knowing that the "dog community" cares. We're so sorry for your loss.

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