GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - A kitten stolen from a pet store has been returned, but the suspect remains at-large.
A woman was caught on surveillance video taking the 8-week-old Persian kitten Saturday night from a Petland in Shakopee.
Officials with the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley say the kitten was left in a cardboard box behind the store on Tuesday morning. A person contacted the store's manager telling them where they could find the missing feline. The person who left the box was no where to be found.
The store captured Saturday's theft on two cameras. The footage shows the woman in a blue and white baseball t-shirt casing out the kitten with its littermates through a glass window. It then shows her going in a restricted back room and taking the kitten out.
The store rescued the mother and her litter of Persian kittens when someone dropped them off at the store's doorstep. The kitten is estimated to be worth about $500.
Humane Society officials say the kitten will be evaluated by their veterinarian team to make sure it's healthy. It can be returned to the Petland store pending the outcome of the criminal case.
Police continue to search for the woman who stole the kitten.
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