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Bueller the French bulldog found safe after owner says he was dognapped at gunpoint

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Hillsborough deputies say Bueller the French bulldog was taken at gunpoint by two robbers.

Update: Deputies say Bueller the French Bulldog has been found safe and returned to his owner.

A citizen found Bueller Saturday morning at about 9:30 a.m. in his front yard. He was in the process of making flyers when he heard news reports about the dog's alleged abduction.

Earlier Report:

Tampa, Florida -- Police say a man taking his dog for a walk was held up by  two men at gunpoint. The robbers' only target: Bueller the bulldog.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, 27-year-old Derek McComber was walking Bueller toward Pinehurst Drive when a gray 90's model Honda Civic up on the side of the road.

Hillsborough deputies say a man got out of the car and asked McComber what kind of dog Bueller was.  After McComber told him Bueller was a French bulldog, the man pulled out a gun and replied, "Well, I'm taking it."

The suspect scooped up Bueller and then backed away, returning to the Civic. The car then fled from the scene at a high rate of speed.

Investigators did not release a good description of the suspects, only that there were two white males in the Civic, both wearing a black hoodie and dark pants.  Only one was seen with a handgun.

Bueller is 25 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black and green collar with no tags.  The dog is mostly black, with a white belly and white paws.

Anyone with any information reference the suspects is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of these suspects and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).

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