NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police were searching Tuesday night for a suspect who untied a dog from a tree and stole the animal in the Bronx this past weekend.
Police said at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, a 64-year-old man tied his 2-year-old Shih-Tzu dog to a tree and walked into a grocery store at 3470 Third Ave. in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.READ MORE: Police Investigating Second French Bulldog Theft Theft On Long Island In Handful Of Days
The suspect came up while the man was inside, untied the dog and took it, police said. The suspect then ran south on Third Avenue.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male between 40 and 50 years old. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored T-shirt, dark-colored shorts and black sneakers.READ MORE: New York State Trooper Injured After Being Struck By Vehicle On RFK Bridge
Police have released surveillance video.
On Monday in an unrelated case in Brooklyn, police said a suspect stole a 35-ytearyear-old man’s Cockalier dog from a laundromat at 334 Knickerbocker Ave. in Brooklyn. Police were still searching for a suspect in that case Tuesday night.MORE NEWS: Police: 2 Women Killed In Single-Car Crash In North New Hyde Park
Anyone with information in either case was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS or (888) 57-PISTA for Spanish, log onto the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.