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VALLEY STREAM, NY (CBSNewYork) – A brazen dog theft was caught on camera on Long Island.
A woman casually walks to a house, grabs the dog from the front door, and then walks away with the animal in hand.
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On Thursday, CBS2’s Nick Caloway spoke to the stunned pet owner.
In broad daylight, the woman went straight to the house with the cameras running, looked around, and wiped the dog right off the porch. Then she casually walked off and got into a limousine parked in the street.
The missing dog, a 12-year-old Pomeranian named Apollo, belongs to Josephine Yeh.
“The first time I saw it, I was like, ‘Oh my god,'” Yeh said.
The brazen act happened shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday on Broadway in Valley Stream. Yeh said Apollo slipped through the back gate when her mother was unloading groceries.
The family contacted the police and used social media to spread the word.
“We have a huge community of pets. Lots of people turned to me to help, ”said Yeh.
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Apollo is microchipped to help him find his rightful owner if he finds his way to a veterinarian’s office.
Yeh said she called local shelters and vets in case the person who grabbed the dog thought it was a stray and actually tried to help.
“I hope it’s a mistake just because it’s been so long. It has been more than 24 hours. It worries me, ”said Yeh.
That worry grows every minute that Apollo is gone. He has been with the family for 10 years and has health problems.
“He recently had a major stroke, so that worries us even more. Because I’m sure these people don’t know his story. They don’t know what to feed him as he is, ”said Yeh.
Regardless of the intentions, Yeh said she just wants Apollo to land safely at home, where he belongs.
Anyone who finds a dog that looks like Apollo should have their microchip scanned or call the Nassau County Police Department.
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Nick Caloway of CBS2 contributed to this report.