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Not guilty the plea in pup thefts

first_imgSteward’s attorney, Charles Frisco Jr., asked Commissioner Burt Barnett to release Steward on his own recognizance and said the six burglary counts are all related to one incident. Frisco said his client had a misdemeanor burglary conviction in 1989 and a DUI conviction a couple of years later. On a hierarchy of crimes, he said it doesn’t rank with the “big boys.” He added that Steward works for Vons and owns his own home. Barnett said Steward was not a likely candidate for being released on his own recognizance. He did reduce the $140,000 bail prosecutors wanted to $20,000 with certain conditions. If Steward is able to post bail, Barnett said he must wear an electronic monitoring device and can only travel to and from work and to court. Deputy District Attorney Christopher Hartman objected to the bail reduction. “Our bail recommendation was based on each count,” he said. Frisco said he thinks the commissioner reduced the bail because the prosecution was stacking the charges – seven counts for one course of conduct. “I think it was overfiled. That’s just my opinion,” Frisco added. He said his client will try to post bail. Twenty-three of the dogs remained missing Thursday. Only three have been recovered, said sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Mills. Deputies said they found a Yorkshire terrier and a Pekingese in Steward’s home when they served a search warrant Tuesday. Mills said a Whittier woman dropped off a Shih Tzu at the sheriff’s Norwalk station on Wednesday. She told deputies Steward gave her the dog shortly after the first burglary. “That’s one person who did the right thing,” Mills said, adding that no other dogs have been turned in. He said it’s not known yet what happened to the rest of the purloined pups. Anyone who bought a puppy from Steward is asked to call the sheriff’s Norwalk station at (562) 863-8711. Steward [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHis bail was set at $20,000. He is due back in court for a Dec. 13 hearing. Sheriff’s deputies said Steward is a suspect in the Nov. 7 and Nov. 23 burglaries at Puppy Love, where 26 puppies valued at $32,000 were stolen. The charges against him are related only to the Nov. 7 burglary when 16 puppies were taken from the store at 14766 Beach Blvd. A surveillance video shows a man putting Yorkshire terriers, Maltese and Shih Tzu puppies into a plastic trash bag, then coming back into the store and taking some Pekingese from a pen. No charges have yet been filed against in connection with the second burglary, which remains under investigation, according to Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the DA’s Office. • File Video: Thief steals 16 puppies DOWNEY – A La Mirada man pleaded not guilty Thursday to breaking into a La Mirada pet store and stealing 16 pure-breed puppies. The District Attorney’s Office filed six counts of second-degree commercial burglary and one count of grand theft dog against Walter Franklin Steward, 45. Wearing a yellow L.A. County jail jumpsuit, a cuffed Steward appeared at his arraignment in Downey Superior Court. last_img read more

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