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article imageChihuahua scares off armed robbers at California tobacco shop

By Kim I. Hartman     Jul 19, 2011 in Crime
Altadena - A tiny chihuahua has become an Internet sensation after he interrupted an armed robbery in progress at a Southern California tobacco shop and prevented it from escalating into an even worse situation.
Paco the chihuahua has become a crime-fighting hero after appearing in video surveillance footage from an armed robbery that occurred at the Ace Smoke Shop in Altadena, California.
Police have released the video in hopes that someone will help them nab the two men involved in last weeks robbery.
The video shows the two masked men entering the store with weapons drawn. They approach the store owner, Erik Knight demanding money. The robbers can be seen handing a backpack to Knight, who puts $200 in the bag.
That's when Paco came to the rescue, barking ferociously and charging the robbers. One of the men then turned the gun on Paco, who was not willing to give in to their demands and continues to jump on them, biting at their legs. One of the flustered robbers can be heard saying "get the bag, get the bag."
"When I saw them pointing a gun at Paco, it just kind of sent a chill up my back," said Knight who willingly handed over the money to save himself and Paco from injury or death, reports KABC TV Los Angeles..
Paco then chased the robbers out the door and across the street, eventually returning with his tail wagging and his head held high.
"I'm going to put a cape on him I think," said owner Erik Knight to ABC News.
Paco's owner told news reporters that he was a loyal rescue dog and had been part of the neighborhood since his adoption. He can be seen patrolling the street daily, going from business to business visiting his human friends.
Most of the neighbors who came to the store after the robbery said they were shocked at the bravery shown by Paco. One man said he is "normally a laid-back kind of dog, who has finally earned his keep."
The old adage 'it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog,' seems to be true in Paco case now that he has proven to his owner that he is a big dog trapped in a little dog's body.
Police officials are asking that anyone with information about the crime to please contact the Altadena Sheriff's Station Detective Brett Binder, (626) 296-2114 and reference Case# 911-01838-0773-034. Or call "Crime Stoppers" at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
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