CCTV footage captured the moment a rude burglar stole a pet dog outside a Docklands restaurant before escaping out of sight with the beloved animal.
A police investigation was launched after five-year-old Shih Tzu Angel was taken from Bourke Street around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Surveillance footage shows a man approaching and patting the dog outside a popular restaurant while diners sit inside.
Then he removes the dog’s leash from the shaft and quickly captures the animal while escaping.
Melbourne West Police have released footage of the man and videos of the dog, who has just had his hair cut, in an attempt to find the alleged perpetrator.
Police described the man as a semi-continental Indian with curly black hair and a black beard.
He wore a bandana in the form of a headband, a black long-sleeved polo shirt with a white stripe at the collar over a white shirt, light jeans with large horizontal slits at the knees and sneakers.
A Victoria Police spokesman said the man was last seen walking south along the Bourke Street waterfront carrying an angel.
Investigators would like to speak to anyone who has bought or seen a Shih Tzu through social media or online marketplaces.
Anyone with information about Angel’s whereabouts is urged to apply or call Crime Stoppers at 1800333000.
Originally published as CCTV captures the rude caress of a man along the famous Melbourne Street