Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong took to the power of Instagram and his 436,000 followers to help track down a couple’s stolen dog.
The search began when a thief broke into David Baker and Cassandra Niki’s San Francisco apartment and stole personal belongings and their beloved pitbull Mochi over the weekend, CBS San Francisco reported.
The rocker, 42, got word about the stolen dog from former professional skateboarder Jim Thiebaud, who called on the Bay Area community via Instagram to join the search. Armstrong quickly reposted the alert to his own feed Monday, immediately garnering thousands of likes.
The social media posts caught the attention of another musician, Matt Nathanson, who Tweeted out the news to his 84,000 followers.
Thankfully, the Insta-outreach and community efforts led to a happy ending.
Less than a day after Armstrong’s post and three days after Mochi first went missing, the pitbull was found and returned to her owners.
“Just want to let everyone know that Mochi made it home,” Armstrong posted, along with a photo of Mochi, on Instagram Tuesday.
In December, the punk trio Green Day were announced as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, alongside Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The “5” Royales and Bill Withers.