Police Say It's Unclear If 'Cookie' Was Taken Or Ran Off

MERRICK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for a dog that disappeared following a burglary on Long Island earlier this week.

On Monday, someone broke into a Merrick Avenue home through a basement window and then left through the front door, police said.

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported Wednesday, the Lafkas family of Merrick was heartbroken after the dog was taken. Patricia Lafkas said the thieves broke in between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Police said it is unclear whether “Cookie,” a 2-year-old Bichon/Shih-tzu mix, was taken or left the home through the front door. The dog was wearing tags.

A flat screen television, jewelry, XBox, iPad, cellphone and designer handbags were stolen from the home, police said.

Lafkas begged the thieves to bring their beloved dog back.

“Go make money on the bags, make money on the jewelry – whatever you took from us,” she said. “But bring the puppy back home to my children.”

If anyone finds the dog they are asked to call the Seventh Squad at 516-573-6753.

Detectives are also asking anyone with information about the burglary to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.

The Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Wednesday night was offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of the dog.

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