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Catnapped! Moment a ‘customer’ steals a kitten from Ilford grocery shop caught on CCTV

PUBLISHED: 11:09 04 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:29 04 July 2013

The kitten was scooped from the ground as her owner stood at the doorway unaware

The kitten was scooped from the ground as her owner stood at the doorway unaware

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The moment a seven-month-old kitten was taken from under the nose of its owners while they were working in their shop has been captured on CCTV.

Man walking into the shop with cat sat on the floor on the rightMan walking into the shop with cat sat on the floor on the right

The family-of-seven had thought Pepper, a young black and brown kitten, had walked off to “socialise” but when Shan Kandiah later watched footage filmed at Shan Grocers, in Ilford Lane, Ilford, they realised she had been stolen by a “customer”.

The security tapes show the kitten being picked up by a supposed-customer at around 9.45pm on Saturday, while Mr Kandiah’s back was turned.

The man, who is seen pulling up in a silver Ford Focus with a friend, appears to drive off with the kitten in tow.

Mr Kandiah, 44, said: “The man didn’t buy anything, he only seemed interested in our kitten. I’ve been here for 12 years but didn’t recognise him. He walked past me but I was too busy and didn’t notice.

(left to right) Banumathi Kandiah, 5, Mum Shanthi Kandiah, 39 holding Parashuram, 1 and a half, Thulasi Kandiah, 7, Dad Shanmugalinrgam, Rasaram,11 and Yasaothai, 9(left to right) Banumathi Kandiah, 5, Mum Shanthi Kandiah, 39 holding Parashuram, 1 and a half, Thulasi Kandiah, 7, Dad Shanmugalinrgam, Rasaram,11 and Yasaothai, 9

“My children are very upset. I told them the cat had just wandered off at first as not to worry them. I think this man is disgusting, he’s taken part of our family. I really hope we can get her back”

The family, who first opened the shop 12 years ago, had bought Pepper alongside her sister when they were just three weeks old.

Mr Kandiah said: “It makes you think what kind of people are living in this world; they would take anything. I hope Pepper is being looked after nicely.

“If I had known I would never have let him drive away.”

Mr Kandiah’s wife, Shanti, 39, added: “We are so sad Pepper is not here any more. My little one always sits with her and strokes her while we are in the shop, when her brother and sisters go to school.

“This man shouldn’t have taken her, she is clearly someone’s pet. She loves being around everyone and keeps them company.”

Police are understood to have viewed the CCTV footage but no one is believed to have been arrested.

A spokesman for Redbridge Police was unable to provide any more information yesterday.

If you can help police with their inquiries, call them on 101.


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