MIDTOWN, NY (PIX11) — Police are still searching for the young woman who they say brazenly broke the law, and many hearts, when she snatched a friendly and adorable miniature Labradoodle from outside a Manhattan Starbucks in September.
Desperate to get their beloved Teddy back, owners Nancy and David Maidman are offering a $2,500 reward for the safe return of the 8-year-old pooch.
On the night of September 11, Nancy Maidman asked her husband to get her a cappuccino from Starbucks. So, as always, he walked with his buddy Teddy over to the Starbucks on 50th Street and Second Avenue.
Since animals aren’t allowed inside, Maidman did what was routine. He tied Teddy’s leash to a phone booth, then went in to pick up the drink. He came out moments later only to find his best friend gone.
“He was in a state of shock,” Nancy Maidman said about her husband. “It was like his world collapsed. This was his dog.”
The Maidmans identified their dog on surveillance tape. It shows the alleged dognapper walking with Teddy through the aisles of a Food Emporium shortly after he was stolen.
Nancy Maidman said a witness inside the supermarket called her, saying that “’the young woman came in, said her boyfriend just moved out, she had to buy dogfood, and she didn’t know what kind of dog he was.’”
Teddy responds to his name and has a tattoo on the underside of his left ear.
Detectives are asking anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.