Pair arrested for allegedly taking and holding Chihuahua for ransom
By Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
A missing pooch, a ransom demand and a sting operation reunited a distraught dog owner with her precious pet and landed two people behind bars.
It all began Saturday evening when Britney Parkerton stopped to gas up at the 76 station at 191 Iron Point Road in Folsom.
Roo, her Chihuahua, slipped out of the vehicle and was allegedly found wandering in the parking lot by a couple that took the dog.
The wandering pooch was microchipped and wearing an identity collar so Parkerton said she wasn’t worried. A short time later, she said a man called to say he had her 7-month-old dog.
According to Parkerton, he said he would return the dog for $200.
She then called the Folsom Police Department.
Officers devised a plan to get the pooch back and contacted the alleged dognapper.
“We offered (the suspect) $600 if he brought the dog back to Folsom,” said Officer Jason Browning, police department spokesman. “Driven by greed, the suspect agreed.”
After nearly four hours since Roo went missing, a black Chevrolet Camaro drove into the gas station parking lot.
“A subject placed Roo back into Parkerton’s car and removed an envelope containing the requested ransom,” Browning said.
About a block away from the transaction, police apprehended Adonison Gunther, 31, of Oakland and Marison Jackson, 21, of Elk Grove.
The alleged pooch-pilfering pair was booked into Sacramento County Jail on charges of extortion, possession of stolen property and conspiracy.
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