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Cat taken from Owings Mills pet store returned

Baltimore Co. police investigating a catnapping after a stolen kitty was returned to Petco store.

The furry four-leggedvictim of a catnapping, taken from an Owings Mills pet store, has been returned, Baltimore County police said.

Yin Yang, a one-year-old black and white short hair cat, was taken from his locked cage at a Petco store on Reisterstown Road Tuesday by three teenage cat burglars, Baltimore County police said.

Police said they were notified Wednesday by the Feline Rescue Association, Inc., which takes care of the animals at the store.

"We were worried sick because people do terrible things to animals," said Joan Angiolillo, a board member with the association. She said the cat was taken on 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. An afternoon volunteer who came to feed the cats had noticed he was missing.

Volunteers began circulating fliers at veterinarian offices, shelters and to Facebook, and advertised a $2,000 reward that was funded by donations. On Wednesday, she said they had received an anonymous tip that lead them to an apartment in Howard County. She said the suspects had given the cat to another person. The only explanation she said she was told was that they wanted the cat to go to a good home.

"We've had pets at Petco for seven years and never had this happen," she said. She said the store's security video show the teens breaking into the cage.

Angiolillo said Yin Yang is doing fine. "He's still outgoing," she said.

Instead of returning to the store, she said he's staying with a foster home and is meeting a prospective owner on Saturday.

"It could have turned out much worse," she said.

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