Police in New York are asking the public to help identify a man who stuffed a Pomeranian puppy down his pants after a failed attempted robbery at an Elmont pet store last month.
The man, who arrived at Zoorama Pet Store with an accomplice, tried three times to break into the register while his criminal consort distracted the on-duty attendants by feigning interest in a puppy, Harsha Perera, 54, told the Daily News.
“They came looking for money, not for a dog,” Perera said.
But because of his store’s computerized cash register, the theft - which took about 20 minutes and was caught on security camera in its entirety - was foiled.
So the man cracked open a puppy cage instead, placing a 10-week-old pooch in the front of his pants.
The cage, according to Perera, who has been in the business for two decades, was supposed to have been theftproof.
“Apparently it's theftproof for average people, but not thieves,” he said.
Perera said he wasn’t sure why his store was targeted.
He is offering the public a $500 reward for the puppy, which was cream-colored and just a poundand a half in weight.
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