NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are on the prowl for a pair of dog thieves caught in camera in Brooklyn.
The men allegedly stole a 10-year-old Border-Terrier mix named Theo from outside a grocery store Monday in Williamsburg.
Police said his 21-year-old owner left the dog on a leash outside Green Corner Fish and Famers Market on the corner of Humbolt Street and Flushing Avenue. When she left the store around 9 p.m., all that was left was the leash.
“It’s heartbreaking, because they’re your kids too, they’re part of your family,” resident Arlene Bonner told CBS2.
“Why would somebody take someone’s dog?” wondered resident Jimmy Helvin.
“That’s the cruelest thing you can do to someone. I would die if someone did that to my dogs. It’s evil,” resident Lucia Stacey said.
The owner immediately notified police and put out a call on social media to help find Theo. According to the post, he has an underbite, cloudy eyes and lump on his thigh.
Flyers posted around the neighborhood say a large cash reward is being offered for the dog’s safe return with “no questions asked – we won’t press charges.”
Anyone with information is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by Tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.