LYNN (CBS) — Franklin the cat is home safe after being stolen and missing for a week.

The furry mascot of Pet Express in Lynn was returned by Maria Barahona, who was driving–on Franklin Street–when she spotted the black cat, recognizing him from “missing” posters.

Barahona carefully went after Franklin, and brought him back to the store.

“I was happy that I found him, excited that he’s back where he belongs, he’s home,” said Barahona. “When I brought him in it was like they won the lottery, that’s how happy they were.”

“On Friday night, we received a call that someone had found Frankie,” wrote the store’s owners in a Facebook post Saturday. “This person is our hero! We are so proud and impressed from the help of our community, the Lynn police, Lynn dog officer, and everyone that posted and shared his posters on facebook, and mostly the calls of support and all the prayers.”

Lynn Police were moving forward with charges against a Danvers man accused of stealing Franklin.

“Franklin is a free spirit and comes and goes as he pleases, but never deserved to be stolen,” the post read.

The store had posted surveillance photos last week of the two men they said stole Franklin.

According to the cat’s Facebook page (yes, he has one), Franklin was happy to be back to work, and spending time in his favorite spot in the store window.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports


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