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Stolen bodega cat returned to its owners at Brooklyn deli

It’s a purrfect ending to the story of Boka, the stolen bodega cat.

A mysterious middleman returned the feline to the Green Olives Deli & Grill in Park Slope per week after a catnapper grabbed the grey kitty outdoors the Seventh Avenue store.

Abdulmajeed Albahri, one in every of three owners of the bodega, stated he was reunited with Boka at 5 a.m. Saturday when he arrived an hour earlier than the shop opened for the day.

“He was waiting exactly in front of the doors,” Albahri stated, including he spent the subsequent hour enjoying with the cat and giving him treats.

Video posted to the cat’s KediBoka Instagram account reveals the kitty wanting up expectantly as his proprietor opened the deli door to see him.

But how Boka got here again continues to be not clear.

He went lacking on July 29 when video captured a person wearing khakis, a white shirt and a light-weight blue hat lingering outdoors the shop. He is seen scooping up the cat and spiriting him off.

Appeals to get Boka again, together with photographs of the fiend, have been posted to TikTok and Instagram. The cat’s disappearance additionally garnered vast media consideration.

A stolen cat was returned to a bodega in Park Slope.
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Boka was retuned at 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning.
Abdulmajeed Albahri was reunited with Boka one hour earlier than the bodega opened for business on Saturday.
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The highlight paid off.

“There was someone who came to the store yesterday and he told me he has news about the cat,” Albahri stated Saturday. “He told me he was trying to convince the guy to return the cat.”

Albahri stated the Good Samaritan didn’t present many particulars and he didn’t get the person’s identify.

“I told him it’s OK for now. I just need my cat back,” he stated.

Albahri with the posters asking for Boka's return.
Boka went lacking on July 29 after video noticed a person taking the cat from the bodega.
By 7:30 p.m. Friday Boka had been returned home to the bodega.
Albahri stated somebody had are available in and stated they have been making an attempt to persuade the one that had stolen the cat to return it.
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By 7:30 p.m. Friday, the cat was as soon as once more at the deli residence the place he has lived since January and seemed none the more serious, Albahri stated.

His followers even got here to go to after Albahri posted the information on Boka’s Instagram web page.

Albahri stated Boka brings life to the shop as a result of he’s such an lively cat, if not considerably finicky.

“The cat food we sell in the store, sometimes he doesn’t like it,” he stated,.

Although a criticism had been filed with the NYPD about Boka’s disappearance, police stated they didn’t have any updates Saturday on his return or an arrest.

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