Bank Robbery Investigation Leads to Animal Cruelty Case

By Mireya De la Paz

Corona –  A man was arrested by the Corona Police Department on Wednesday July 26, 2017 for bank robbery in Corona, California.

72-year-old Robert Bustamante Flores threatened a teller of the Western Bank on 1050 W. Sixth Street in Corona July 20, 2017. Flores was suspected of robbery when he went to the police department and police were suspicious and got a search warrant. Corona police searched his home to look for evidence specifically among the robbery.

They found about 26 dogs living in his home in the 100 block N. Vincentia Avenue. Flores began to tell the police that he lived in the garage while the dogs lived inside the home. Corona Animal Control was given permission to search the home and found a total of 35 dogs and 7 small puppies.

Animal Control Officer Bill Sellers explained how he had never seen anything like it and how it was the worst call he had ever received.  They had to put one of the dogs to sleep due to his severe wounds while most of the dogs were found with multiple diseases. They explained the home as “destroyed” with demolished furniture and animal waste left on the floors. The dogs were all allegedly neglected and were not being properly fed and hydrated. Thankfully, Corona Animal Shelter was able to take all 36 dogs and are currently being taken care of and supervised. Flores was arrested for the charge of Robbery and his bail is $30,000 while the animal cruelty investigation is still ongoing.