SAN FRANCISCO—Officers from the San Francisco Police Department arrested a suspect in connection to an auto burglary involving a deceased dog that transpired on February 10. According to the SFPD website, at approximately 2 p.m. officers responded to the 400 block of Stockton Street regarding an auto burglary involving a deceased dog. The victim returned to the location to discover an unknown citizen with his dog, Dunky, a four year-old black and tan Chihuahua, at the corner of Sutter and Stockton Streets.

The victim thought Dunky escaped from his car and fell from the seventh floor of a parking garage. The victim went up to the seventh floor where his vehicle was parked and discovered someone broke into it, as there was broken glass and blood throughout the car. Dunky died from injuries he sustained from the fall. The victim spotted his glove compartment had been rummaged. Officers began collecting evidence and commenced an investigation where they discovered a blood trail leading to the ledge where Dunky was thrown onto the street below.

Officers obtained dash camera footage which caught the suspect on video and audio of the crime in progress. Officers recognized the suspect from prior contacts and set out to arrest him as Animal Care and Control responded to take Dunky into their care. On Sunday, February 11 at 9:51 a.m. a Sergeant from Central Station saw the suspect in the area of Polk and Bush Streets, who has been identified as Wakeen Best, 35, of San Francisco. He was arrested and booked into San Francisco County Jail on felony charges of burglary, animal cruelty, grand theft, possession of stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon, vandalism, and a probation violation. Best was booked on misdemeanor charges of possession of burglary tools, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violation of a court order.

Due to pending identification matters, Best’s booking photo is not being released at this time. Photos of Dunky have been provided by his family. The SFPD is still investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message. Tipsters may remain anonymous.