Moment brazen thief snatches pet kitten from north London shop

Patrick Grafton-Green

This is the moment a brazen thief walked into a family-run shop in north London, before walking out with their beloved pet kitten and cycling off.

The Islington-based Nisa Local has released CCTV footage of the incident in a desperate bid to have nine-month-old Bella returned.

She has been missing for over month and an online #FindBella campaign has now been launched.

She was snatched from the store on the afternoon of February 8, leaving her owners “shocked” and “devastated”.

Kitty: Bella the cat, loved by her owners and customers alike

Faisel Kashmiri, 39, who runs the shop with his younger brother Haseeb, told the Standard: “Bella was walking round in the shop, she was near the entrance of the shop and the guy walked in and picked her up and just walked out and jumped on his bike with Bella under his arm.

“A few hours later when my younger brother came to the shop he started shouting for Bella and usually she comes running towards us and he was quite surprised that she didn’t run up.

“He started worrying when he couldn’t find her so he looked at the CCTV cameras and that’s when he saw what happened.

“We are absolutely shocked at the moment that someone would actually do that.”

Suspect: The shop has released CCTV footage of this man after he walked out with the cat

The Tabby Maine Coon cross had been living at the shop in St John Street since last September.

Mr Kashmiri said he still hasn’t properly come to terms with loss of the cat and hopes that anyone with information that can lead to her safe return will come forward.

The 39-year-old added: “Bella was a very popular cat in the area, among our customers, she was a very friendly cat.

“I am devastated, I still can’t get over it at the moment.

Snatched: Image released of a man wanted in connection with the incident

“We have had her since she was a kitten. She’s like a family member.

“Why would someone go in and take someone else’s cat? What would make someone do that?

“If someone has the audacity to steal a cat like that who knows what he has done to her?”

A Met Police spokesman said: "Police were called at approximately 7.55pm on February 8 following the theft of a cat from a shop in St John Street.

"Enquiries are ongoing including analysis of CCTV.

"There have been no arrests."

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