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Dog theft by cyclist caught on tape


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The tiny dog was sitting in his carrier keeping his owner company while she ate when suddenly he was snatched up by a bicycle riding thief and disappeared.  The 5 month old Yorkie named Monster has been missing since last Wednesday and his owner is pleading for his safe return.  The theft was caught on a surveillance camera and police are investigating.

“I feel like there’s a big rock at the bottom of my stomach,” said Athina Kafouros, Monster’s owner, “and a knife has been jabbed into my heart.”  Kafouros has wanted a Yorkie her whole life and the little pup has been her constant companion since she got him.  He keeps her company while she works at Mykonos, the restaurant owned by her parents, the same place he was stolen from.  “I used to beg my parents for one and I finally got him for Christmas. He ended up being the most amazing dog.”

Kafouros was having dinner near the front of the restaurant when she got up for a moment to ring in a customer’s bill.  Monster was safely in his carrier beside her when a man on a bike reached in the open window and snatched the bag and then quickly rode off on a bicycle.  “I almost felt violated,” said Kafouros, “cause someone came and grabbed him from me.”

Kafouros is desperate to have her baby back and has offered a $1000 reward for his safe return.  “I just want my dog back,” said Kafouros. “I don’t care who has him or who took him.”  If you have any information on the the stolen Yorkie, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.