A Brooklyn group is on a mission to discover a beloved bodega cat that was stolen from its personal doorstep.
Boka the cat hasn’t been seen since Friday, when his proprietor mentioned that surveillance video confirmed a man hanging exterior his retailer and scooping up the cat when it went exterior.
Abdul Majeed is a component proprietor of Inexperienced Olives Deli & Grill in Park Slope, however everybody who frequents the store is aware of Boke just about owns the place.
“It’d be like ‘Oh you wanna get espresso and see Boka?’ You understand, that was simply routine,” mentioned Annie Caltrider, a store buyer.
Majeed adopted Boka again in January when he was simply 2 weeks outdated. Since then, Majeed has shared Boka with the entire neighborhood, giving the little feline an enormous household.
“They’ll be like ‘Are you right here to see the cat?’ I’m like in fact, all the time” mentioned Muna Begum.
That household is now deeply involved, after Boka was seen on digital camera getting snatched up on the sidewalk proper exterior the shop Friday afternoon.
“The man, he seemed so bizarre as a result of he was ready exterior, was hiding within the nook. He hung out,” mentioned Majeed.
He mentioned that Boka generally would sit exterior, stroll round a bit of bit or go to see the neighbors’ cat — however all the time got here again. After two days of ready, Majeed checked the cameras and noticed a person trying contained in the store after which hanging by the nook.
When the person noticed Boka going across the nook, he may be seen on video following him — after which selecting up him earlier than strolling down Eighth Road.
“As quickly as I noticed the video, I known as the police and the police got here and I filed a report,” mentioned Majeed.
Clients shared Majeed’s posts on Instagram and reddit to assist unfold the phrase. One neighbor even printed out posters. Individuals stopped by Seventh Avenue and Eighth Road all day, anxious and checking in.
“We’re sort of looking out, we checked out his image 1,000,000 instances. I’ve a whole lot of phrases for that individual,” mentioned Caltrider.
Whereas that buyer could have loads to say to the one who took off with the beloved Boka, Majeed solely has a number of.
“Return the cat again, and if he actually likes cats, go undertake one,” he mentioned.