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Stolen dog returned to Bushwick laundromat; culprit still on the loose

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BUSHWICK, Brooklyn — Pippen, the purloined puppy, has been returned to the laundromat on Knickerbocker Avenue, where he was stolen earlier this week.

Laundromat co-owner Braulio Espinal called PIX11 News Thursday to thank us.

"Because the new owner saw the story on television, he brought the puppy back to where he had been stolen from," Espinal said.

The new owner, Espinal said, paid $300 to a man on the street who sold him the dog. But when they saw PIX11's story and learned the pup had been stolen, they brought the dog back to its rightful owners.

Espinal said police know who stole the dog. He said he has a long rap sheet and is now on the run.

"My two little girls are so happy the puppy is back," Espinal told PIX11 News. "Thank you so much for telling our story."

But although Pippen is back with his family, the dog snatcher who stole him is still on the loose.

He's described as a male in his 30s who stands 6 feet tall, weighs about 170 pounds and has a light complexion, black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing gray sneakers, blue jeans, blue shirt and a tattoo on his arm.

Anyone with information in the case is urged to call Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)