Cookie's owner convinced missing dog was stolen

Detectives are trying to determine what happened to

Detectives are trying to determine what happened to a 2-year-old Bichon Shih Tzu when a Merrick home was burglarized on July 29, Nassau County police said. (Credit: NCPD)

The Lafkas family of Merrick was hoping for some good news Thursday morning about Cookie, their missing 2-year-old Bichon Shih Tzu. No such luck.

"No, nothing," said Gus Lafkas when asked if he had any update about the mixed-breed dog, which was either stolen or ran off Monday when the family's home on Merrick Avenue was burglarized, according to Nassau County police.

Gus and his wife, Patty, are convinced the dog was stolen by the burglars.

"No way it ran away," Gus Lafkas said. "They took the dog, I'm pretty sure."

Lafkas said the dog is an expensive breed; the Lafkas paid $1,000 for Cookie in February of 2011. It's likely Cookie could be resold for a handsome profit.

Also, because of the layout of the family's home and Cookie's reluctance to approach the front door, it's improbable the dog just ran off, Gus Lafkas said.

The burglars who violated the family's home between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday took way more than a flat-screen television, assorted jewelry, a video-game system, an iPad, a cellphone, and designer handbags, he said.

"Cookie has been part of the family."

The Lafkas children -- Christina, 11, and John, 8 -- are especially upset, Gus Lafkas said.

"Our hope is just that we get it back as soon as possible," he said.

The Nassau County SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Cookie.

Police ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477 or the Seventh Squad at 516-573-6753. All calls will be kept confidential.

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