Stolen pigs returned to owner

Published On: May 17 2012 03:01:25 PM EDT
Updated On: May 18 2012 11:05:01 AM EDT
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -

Two pot-bellied pigs that were in a truck stolen from outside a Hollywood home have been reunited with their owner, and a suspect has been arrested.

The pigs, a male and a female, were in a white extended-cab 1996 Mazda pickup truck that was stolen from the driveway of a home at 3113 Hollywood Blvd.

Charles Bourquin, who owns the truck and the pigs, said he was in his back yard Wednesday afternoon when the truck was stolen with the pigs inside. He had left the keys in the ignition.

"People, they got nerve, you know, this guy stole it when I was in the back yard for five minutes, I came back around and my truck was gone," Bourquin, a sprinkler repairman, told Local 10’s Roger Lohse. "It totally put me out of business. They took all of my supplies in my truck and they left me with a few digging tools."

Bourquin said the female pig was found Wednesday night near 22nd and Atlanta Street in Hollywood. Someone caught the pig and called Hollywood police, who returned it to Bourquin.

The male pig was found Thursday, roaming the streets. He also has been taken home.

"It's a happy ending guy, grandpa got his babies back," Bourquin said.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said a deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description of Bourquin's truck at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Atlantic Boulevard and Powerline Road. BSO said the driver tried to flee, but a deputy hit him with a Taser through an open window and took him into custody.

The suspect, Frantz Aboubaker, 30, was taken to North Broward Medical Center to be medically cleared. BSO said he is faced with charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and resisting a law enforcement officer.

A neighbor reported seeing a heavy-set man with a limp getting into her car shortly before Bourquin's truck was stolen. She said when she questioned the man, he went toward the truck. She said she tried to follow the thief, but he got away.

Bourquin breeds and sells pot bellied pigs. He said they make great pets because they’re very social and the form a tight bond with their owner. Bourquin said the last 24 hours have been stressful on all of them. 

"Oh yeah, they were scared to death, especially this one because he was used to laying on my arm, and me holding him and stuff," he said.

Bourquin is happy to say that he's back in business, fixing sprinklers and selling pot bellied pigs.

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