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Man caught on camera stealing dog from Bushwick laundromat

Posted at 6:33 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 18:33:48-04

BUSHWICK, Brooklyn -- Police are looking for a man who was caught on camera stealing a dog from a Brooklyn laundromat.

"What type of person would steal someone else's dog," Brauglio Espinal, the co-owner of Laundromat Station in Bushwick asks rhetorically.

The co-owner of the popular laundromat showed PIX11 how it happened.

The window to the business office was slightly open. The puppy thief slid it back, unlocked the door and lured a 4-month-old puppy named Pippen out.

"I have no words. It's not human," Espinal said.

Pippen, the purloined puppy, is just 4 months old, an adorable mix of cocker spaniel and Cavalier King Charles spaniel seen in a video in happier times playing with his family's other dog, a Yorkshire Terrier.

The laundromat's part-owner says his two little girls have been crying non-stop now that their beloved pooch is gone.

"I tell them to have faith in the system," Espinal said. "I tell them police will find their puppy."

The daring daylight heist took place Monday 3:30 p.m.

The laundomat co-owner says a man in the blue jeans and blue shirt is the puppy thief who did the dastardly deed.

He came in an hour before with two other men and a woman to case the joint.

And then surveillance cameras caught him in the act from two different angles.

"It would have been better if he took the money and not the dog," Espinal said. "We have an emotional attachment to the dog."

Espinal says maybe this puppy thief had plans to sell pippin for some quick cash on the street.

Pippen has a microchip in him that identifies him, but unfortunately, it doesn't have a tracking device.

The Espinal family just wants Pippen back.

"Once you bring a dog into your home it becomes part of the family," Espinal said. "My girls are sad, I am sad and now the other dog is sad too."

"What a miserable person," Louise Rios, a laundromat customer, told PIX11. "A person who has no heart. I have a dog and she's my world."

The Espinal family is hoping a vet, an animal shelter worker or maybe a PIX11 viewer has seen Pippen, the pilfered pooch, and can help police track down the puppy thief and reunite Pippen with his family.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.