GLOUCESTER (CBS) – The owners of Toodeloos! had a scare Saturday when they found out Kevin The Panda was ‘pandanapped.”
The downtown toy shop is known for its collection of fuzzy stuffed friends set outside the store at a table made to look like a tea party.
Susan Parent, who owns the store, says that while the culprits may have thought it was a prank, she is taking this very seriously.
“I think maybe they thought it was funny,” Parent said. “But it’s not, it’s shoplifting. You cant’ do that.”
Visitors frequently stop and take photos with the stuffed animals.
Around 11 a.m. Saturday, the stuffed panda was gone.
The two thieves were caught on video and it soon went viral on Facebook.
According to Parent, the man and woman pandanappers got coffee at a nearby shop and then walked down Main Street, picked up Kevin and got in a car and drove off.
“You can’t just take things from people, things that aren’t yours,” Parent said. “You have to pay for them, and it is not a funny prank because we were very upset.”
Parent believes the pandanappers panicked and dumped Kevin off in the cold on East Main Street.
Debbie Clarke of Bananas found him Sunday morning and brought Kevin in from the cold, gave him a new scarf and alerted the store.
“Kevin was retrieved and placed back where he belongs, at the tea party outside,” Parent wrote on the store’s Facebook page Sunday.