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Posted: 10:35 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO —
Surveillance camera footage may help police catch a cat burglar who was caught on video smashing a car window to steal a cat Thursday evening.
San Francisco Police said the thief left other items behind and took only the pet.
Police regularly warn people not to leave cellphones, laptops and purses inside a car, but the theft of an animal is unusual.
Caroline Adamson drove all over the city Friday to find her beloved pet, Roxy.
"I really feel like I'm her mother," said Adamson. "I'm supposed to keep her safe and I didn't. It's a horrible feeling."
The eight pound, 12-year-old cat was stolen Thursday at the corner of Polk Street and Broadway.
The theft was caught on surveillance tape captured by a neighborhood camera.
It shows the thief break Adamson's car window. He then waits for an opportune moment to make off with the cat carrier with Roxy sitting inside looking out.
"I know that bad things can happen with animals in cars, but I just had no idea that people would steal a cat," said Adamson.
Police said the theft was definitely out of the ordinary.
"We don't get many calls from people who claim their cat was stolen," San Francisco Police officer Carlos Manfredi said.
While it's not unheard of for pets to be stolen in the city, Manfredi said the targets are usually dogs.
Police also said it was unusual that the thief ignored a back seat filled with luggage and a purse with a laptop in it after breaking the front window to steal a cat.
Adamson said she brought Roxy to San Francisco because she had a business dinner after which she planned to drop Roxy off at a friend's home.
"I was going on a family vacation we were going to Wisconsin camping and I canceled my trip to find my cat," she said.
Adamson met with police to show them the surveillance video.
The department plans to post it online in the hope someone will be able to identify the thief who made off with the one thing in the car Adamson can't replace.
Adamson has offered a $500 reward for the return of Roxy, no questions asked.
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