In February, we wrote about the violent armed theft of Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs, Koji and Gustav, which also left the singer’s dog walker in the hospital with serious gunshot wounds.
The burglary, which occurred in Hollywood, CA, around 10 pm, led the singer to offer a $500,000 reward — no questions asked — for the safe return of her pets. Sure enough, a woman came forward days later claiming to have found the dogs unharmed.
But while the singer was presumably just grateful to have Koji and Gustav back home, the police, as it turns out, did have questions about the woman’s story–especially given the violent way Lady Gaga’s dogs were stolen. These dogs weren’t just quietly dognapped. They were taken after an armed struggle that left one suspect shooting an innocent man in the chest.
Now, police have determined that the 50-year-old woman who “found” the dogs was also an accessory to this brazen crime. According to CBS News, Koji and Gustav were stolen by 3 gang members who were already well-known to police. Police don’t believe the gang knew Koji and Gustav had a famous owner, but they certainly knew French bulldogs are an expensive breed that retails for thousands of dollars. Sadly, this is one reason French Bulldogs are frequently stolen.
“Detectives do not believe the suspects were targeting the victim because of the dogs’ owner,” the LAPD said in a statement, according to CBS Los Angeles. “However, evidence suggests the suspects knew the great value of the breed of dogs and was the motivation for the robbery.” If that’s true, the $500,000 reward must have felt like an exceptionally pleasant bonus.
Thankfully, this cruel plan began to fall apart when one of the gang members passed the dogs to his father’s girlfriend, who tried to collect Gaga’s reward. Police got suspicious when the woman claimed she’d simply found the animals and brought them down to the station.
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When detectives investigated further, they discovered this “Good Samaritan” was in fact dating the father of one of the gang members/dog thieves. Now all five conspirators have been arrested and charged.
Nor does it look like these criminals will be getting off easy. According to police, the 18- to 27-year-old gang members have been charged with attempted murder, while the father and his girlfriend have been charged as accessories to attempted murder.
Hopefully, a harsh sentence will send a strong message and deter similar crimes in the future. Justice for Koji and Gustav!
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