NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s the case of the stolen Pomeranian.
CBS2’s Christina Fan reports that a surveillance video shows a man in a blue denim jacket pretending to search Citipups pet store on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.
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If no one is looking, he sneaks into the restricted area at the back, looks around again before quickly snatching a Pomeranian puppy out of its cage.
“Who knows where the dog will end up. I’m worried about that, ”said Conor Weiss of Greenwich Village.
The theft occurred shortly before 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
Dog owners in the area were stunned when they saw the video showing the man walking undetected by a customer and an employee at the checkout counter. They say the place is always full of people.
“It doesn’t seem like an easy place to just go in and grab a dog,” said Sarah Sclarandis of the East Village.
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“I have the feeling that it is usually always full there when I pass by. The fact that someone could do that when other people are around is very annoying, ”said Bari Shmerler, a West Village resident.
The store owner declined to comment, but staff say this isn’t the first time someone has tried to steal the store.
“It’s sad when it’s a live animal because you just don’t know what can happen,” said Sclarandis.
“That’s probably the scariest thing about not being mistreated in any way,” Showak said.
Officials say the stolen Pomeranian is valued at $ 3,495.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or in Spanish at 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also post a tip through their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are treated confidentially.
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Christina Fan contributed to this report.