MARINA DEL REY (CBS) — The surveillance tape is a little grainy, but it shows how two brazen dognappers made off with one man’s prized pooch.

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Thieves are stealing purebred dogs all over America knowing they can sell them to prospective buyers below market cost. And as the economy tanks, this dog thievery is soaring…especially here in the Southland.

Several days ago, a man named Rudy wrote KCAL to tell us his brother Eddy’s dog was snatched by a man and woman — seemingly posing as Animal Control workers — in what he called “a heinous and cowardly crime.”

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The thieves made off with Eddy’s blue-nosed female pit bull puppy named Lady.

The two brothers are close…they literally live two blocks away from each other, but more than just brotherhood is at stake here. Rudy is hoping to get his distraught brother reunited with his pup.

Police are working at enhancing the video, as well as the license plate of the gray Chevy Astro Van belonging to the two suspects.

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But in the meantime, Rudy and Eddy want West siders…especially their fellow Marina del Rey neighbors to be on the lookout for the van and any suspicious looking couples that might not be actual Animal Control workers.