FREMONT — A man was in critical condition late Thursday after falling through the skylight of a pet shop from which burglars earlier had stolen 17 purebred puppies worth at least $11,000, police said.

The man, believed to be the 28-year-old co-owner of Puppy Love Boutique on Mowry Avenue, suffered head and chest injuries in the Thursday morning fall, police said. He had been showing investigators the spot from which he thought the burglars had entered during the previous night, Fremont police Detective Bill Veteran said.

The man fell about 15 feet through the skylight, the opening of which leads to the outside of the building. During the fall, the man may have hit an outside wall of the building before landing on the walkway in front of the business, Fremont Fire Acting Battalion Chief Ron Chaney said. Read the rest of this entry »