Woman’s car stolen with dog at gas station in Brooklyn, makes plea for pup’s safe return

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MILL BASIN, Brooklyn (PIX11) -- Eleni Pappas is desperate to get back her 11 month old puppy named Leo.  She was with her Chihuahua  when she stopped off to get gas at the intersection of Avenue U and Mill Avenue around 10 p.m., Friday night, when in the blink of an eye, both her tiny dog and car were gone.

She had parked her car, shut off the engine, but left the keys in the ignition when she went to pay for the gas.  As she walked out of the convenience store, she saw the suspect take off in her dark blue Audi A4 with her most valuable possession in the back seat.

“(He) probably didn’t realize a dog was in there.  He’s so little, you wouldn’t be able to see him,” Eleni said.  “The first thing I did was I ran after the car.  After I realized I had no chance, I ran back into the store, asked the attendant to call 911.”

She jumped into a police car to help cops search the Mill Basin area for any sign of the car and her dog, but had no luck.  The 23-year-old legal assistant didn’t get a good look at the suspect, but could give a good description of her little Leo:  He’s weighs about 5 lbs., has green eyes, and is chocolate brown and white.

Eleni’s boyfriend Tony gave her the dog in July as a present on their 4-year anniversary.

Leo is microchipped which means he can be traced back to his owner.  If you spot Leo, or know of his whereabouts, you’re asked to call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-577-TIPS.

“There’s a reward, no questions asked.  Just bring back Leo,” Eleni pleaded through her tears.