A dognapper snatched a pet pooch from a New York City street as a little girl and her family were finishing up their holiday shopping.
The Christmas Eve crime happened in daylight and was captured on surveillance video. A man can be seen in the video approaching Marley, a King Charles Spaniel, who was waiting patiently for his owners outside a Manhattan shop.
The man brazenly unhooked Marley's leash, scooped the dog into his arms and walked away.
"Who would do this? It's Christmas Eve! Tomorrow's Christmas morning." Mia Bendrat told WABC-TV on Monday.
The family is hoping for a Christmas miracle. Police have taken a copy of the surveillance video and the Bendrats have canvassed their Washington Heights neighborhood with flyers.
"He's really fluffy and he's so adorable that I can't even trim my tree without him," Bendrat said. "It's like so hard to be without him."