Police Search For Robbers Who Stole Dog From S.I. Family

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Police on Staten Island were looking for burglars who stole a family’s dog, Kristin Thorne reports.

Richie Rienel is developmentally disabled. A few years ago, his mom and sister realized a dog may do him some good.

“She distracts him. She keeps him happy,” said Betsy Reinel, Richie’s sister.

They bought Pookie, a yorkiepoo, and the connection was instant.

Richie, however, said he was now sad. It’s because robbers stole Pookie right from the Rienels’ home in Mariners Harbor.

“I want Pookie back,” he said.

Betsy said she was sleeping around 8 a.m. and she didn’t hear anyone come in. She thinks the robbers broke in their front door.

“I try to stay strong because I don’t want him to know how much it hurts but it does it. It hurts a lot,” she said.

A few weeks before Pookie was taken, someone broke in and stole jewelry out of their mother Maria’s room.

“They take away the little one and all the jewelry, my big one,” Maria said.

Betsy plastered signs around her neighborhood but police said they had no leads.

In the meantime, Richie stares out their front window, waiting for Pookie to come home.

“I want him,” he said.

“That breaks my heart. That’s my brother. He means a lot to me. All I want is to get her back,” Betsy said.

Pookie weighs about 14 pounds. She’s missing two or three of her front teeth. The Rienel family said they won’t press charges against anyone who brings Pookie forward. They just want their dog back.

The Rienels believe the same person who robbed their house the first time is also the person who stole Pookie.

  • Paola

    Any updates on Pookie??? I really want to know if he was found or given back.

  • kendra

    if they do start a donation i will contribute to match with that 1…cause i have a dog named pepper and he makes me very happy even though he,s a little bad sometimes….

  • business daily

    They did and we parted ways – Baden back to his home and us on the remainder of our epic MTB ride.This past Saturday Adam Pookie and I decided to do the same route that was taken a couple years back when we met Baden. I would have loved to have had him along for the ride but I remember how trashed he was after the last ordeal.After chasing him around for a few minutes after he stole Pookies Team El Toreo vest we decided that Id ride up the driveway to his house to deposit him to his owners.

  • Sally Rogers

    I would contribute towards a reward. On another note, is this a poorly written article or did my coffee not kick in yet?

  • Jets Fan

    Forget the police, they are useless.

    Maybe CBS can start a donation fund so we can all contribute to help and redeem this poor boy from the evils of society. I have little faith in society. Let’s show this boy how society truly is virtuous and benevolent. .

    If CBS starts it, I will contribute.

  • gg

    the savages will kill it…

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