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Who stole Sugar?

During the peak of this week’s snowpocalypse, someone pilfered Drucie Belman’s bulldog — a dastardly deed that ruined what was an enjoyable snow day in Prospect Park.

On Wednesday morning at around 10 am, Belman, her two kids, and their beloved bulldog were enjoying the winter wonderland and were heading out of the park near the tunnels leading towards Grand Army Plaza.

That’s where Sugar wrangled loose from the loving arms of Belman’s 7-year-old son and took off, not looking back.

“We just moved back from Hong Kong — Sugar had never seen the snow before,” Belman explained. “She was so excited that she ran into the woods and that was it. … She doesn’t have any recall ability!”

But that was only the beginning — an opportunistic creep apparently swiped Sugar, and is holding her ransom.

“I got a phone call at 2:30 pm when were were still in the park looking for her,” Belman said. “The person on the other end asked, ‘How much you want for the dog, How much do you want for her, lady?”

Belman, stunned, offered $50. Seconds later, she realized she would pay $500.

Most maddeningly, Belman missed a second call two hours later from a blocked number — one she assumes was the dognapper. But some of the blame goes to AT&T.

“Damn frozen iPhone!” said Belman.

The caller left no voicemail message.

Since then, radio silence.

Now Belman has enlisted the help of FIDO (Fellowship in Interest of Dogs and their Owners), the dog owners’ group that has put the word out about the alleged dognapping.

Belman has also reported the crime to the 78th Precinct, though she is skeptical that any detectives have been assigned to the case.

This dognapping case comes in the wake of the shocking incident earlier this week in Park Slope when a thug stole the doggy coat right off a dog’s back while his owner bought milk in the Ace Supermarket on Seventh Avenue.

For now, Belman nervously awaits another phone call.

“Every time my phone rings, I hope its the criminal,” Belman said, frantically adding. “Where is Sugar, though? Why hasn’t anyone called?”

If you spot Sugar, the missing and allegedly dognapped bulldog, call (347) 603-2016 or (718) 622-3833 and for Drucie Belman.

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Jake from Boerum Hill says:
Keep your damn dogs on a leash!
Feb. 12, 2010, 10:01 am
Jake's Misinformed from Bklyn says:
Jake:

The dog was on a leash, though this article doesn't say it. The dog ran away from the child dragging its leash.

So you can retract your "damn" comment.
Feb. 12, 2010, 12:04 pm
Jake from Boerum Hill says:
Good. I was relying on the Brooklyn Paper's report. That the dog was on a leash is a very important fact I'd presume would have been included. That said, I hope the dog is found and I feel bad for the little boy.

Although according to Jake's Misinformed it does not apply here, I do not sympathize with Slopers who think the rights of their dogs trump those of people.
Feb. 12, 2010, 12:24 pm
Steve Nitwitt from Sheepshead Bay says:
Perhaps the dog is with Gersh's bike
Feb. 12, 2010, 2:36 pm
Michele from Kensington says:
I don't understand why the 78th precinct has not been more active in trying to deal with this crime. There is NO excuse for not using all resources available regardless of the subject of extortion. I will be watching to see what the NYPD will do.
Feb. 12, 2010, 3:41 pm
richie rich from parkslope says:
i hope they caught that dog napper and throw away the key.
they really need to put more cops in the park especially in the coney island side.
when i bike in the summer i fell like its almost 50/50 chance i'm going to get mug right it front of the tennis courts.
Feb. 14, 2010, 9:40 pm
KG from KINGS COUNTY says:
May God Bless this family, especially the children with the safe return of their precious dog, "Sugar." May justice be served for those that are instrumental in kidnapping and trying to extort monies from this family! This is a hardship, not fair for those that love this dog have to go through emotional trauma as well. This dog is their family member, a loved one, and this is certainly criminal for anyone to try and extort funds for the return of the dog, that the police or FBI should be involved, and the thugs should be prosecuted and perhaps put themselves in the shoes of the owners and ask, what would they like to see happen if this dog was their own? Best Wishes to this family, and may "Sugar" be returned safe and soon.
Feb. 15, 2010, 8:18 am
KG from KINGS COUNTY says:
According to this article, the mother, children and dog were out having a day in the snow, and when walking out by Grand Army Plaza, the dog, whom was in the son's arms,(no mention of a leash), did break away, having no sense of recall, was lost! Next, the mother stated, she received a phone call while they were still in the park looking for the dog, and was asked what she would pay, no number showed, "restricted." Regardless of how important or not the police believe an animal is to their owner, it's still a persons' property, and valued member of their family. A family that is being extorted for money for the dog, and as much as I know, whether material things,a pet, or a person, extortion is against the law, as is kidnapping or holding something for ransom. An investigation into the officer of the 78th Precinct, Community Affairs Officer, should be made, and why isn't the FBI involved in this kidnapping?
Feb. 15, 2010, 8:29 am
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
This just isn't right.
Feb. 15, 2010, 3:48 pm
MadAsa—— from Park Slope says:
I saw we catch the dog-gone dog nappin varmint and string 'em up to a tree by his unmentionables!

DEATH TO DOG NAPPERS!

ARE WE GONNA TAKE THIS S&*% ??? !!!
Feb. 16, 2010, 2:44 pm
LR from Queens says:
I'm only curious as to how the dog napper managed to know who the owner for the dog was and how he got the phone # in such a short time.
Feb. 22, 2010, 2:06 pm

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