San Francisco police are on the hunt for a burglar who broke into a car on Thursday evening — and stole a cat.
The catnapping, caught in action by a neighborhood surveillance camera, took place on Polk Street near Broadway at 9:30 p.m.
Footage shows the suspect, a man dressed in a dark hoodie, break the passenger seat car window. The thief then waits a moment before taking off with a cat carrier that held 12-year-old Roxy the kitty inside.
From the surveillance video, viewers can spot Roxy’s two gleaming eyes reflect in the dark as she’s carried away.
Caroline Adamson, Roxy’s owner, said she spent Friday driving all over the city in search of her pet:
“I really feel like I’m her mother. I’m supposed to keep her safe and I didn’t. It’s a horrible feeling.”
The Alameda resident was in town for a business dinner, and planned to drop the eight-pound cat off at a friend’s house before a family trip the next day.
Inside her car was a backseat filled with luggage and a purse with a laptop, but it seems the thief only had eyes for Roxy.
The case is indeed an unusual one, said San Francisco police officer Carlos Manfredi — because people mostly steal dogs:
“We don’t get too many calls for service with people who claim that their cats were stolen.”
Adamson, who cancelled her family camping trip in Wisconsin, is offering a $500 reward for Roxy’s return — no strings attached.
She still seemed shocked as she spoke to KTVU-TV:
“I know bad things can happen with animals in cars. But I just had no idea people would steal a — a cat.”
As a reminder to any puppy pickers or kitty nabbers out there, there are plenty of free pets available at the San Francisco SPCA with no criminal activity necessary.