Stolen bodega cat returned to owners at Brooklyn Deli

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

A mysterious middleman returned the cat to the Green Olives Deli & Grill in Park Slope a week after a catnapper grabbed the gray kitten outside the Seventh Avenue store.

Abdulmajeed Albahri, one of the three owners of the bodega, said he reunited with Boka at 5am on Saturday, arriving an hour before the store opened.

“He was waiting right outside,” Albahri said, adding that he spent the next hour playing with the cat and giving it treats.

Video posted to the cat’s KediBoka Instagram account shows the kitten looking up expectantly as its owner opened the deli’s door to see him.

But how Boka got back is not yet clear.

He went missing on July 29 when video captured a man in khaki pants, a white shirt and a light blue hat lingering outside the store. He is seen picking up the cat and driving it away.

Appeals to get Boka back were posted on TikTok and Instagram along with photos of the devil. The cat’s disappearance also drew a lot of media attention.

Boka was brought back in front of the bodega at 5am one morning.
A stolen cat has been returned to a Bodega in Park Slope.
Stefano Giovanni
Boka was reinstated at 5am on a Saturday morning.
Abdulmajeed Albahri was reunited with Boka an hour before the bodega opened on Saturday.
Stefano Giovanni

The spotlight has paid off.

“Someone came into the store yesterday and told me they had news about the cat,” Albahri said Saturday. “He told me he’s trying to convince the guy to give the cat back.”

Albahri said the Good Samaritan did not provide many details and he was unable to get the man’s name.

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

Albahri with the placards demanding Boka's return.
Boka went missing on July 29 after video saw a man removing the cat from the bodega.
By 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Boka had returned home to the bodega.
Albahri said someone came in and tried to convince the person who stole the cat to return it.
Stefano Giovanni

As of 7:30 p.m. Friday, the cat was back at the deli where she has been living since January and looked no worse, Albahri said.

His fans even came to visit after Albahri posted the news on Boka’s Instagram page.

Albahri said Boka brings life to the shop because he’s such an active cat, if not a bit fussy.

“He sometimes doesn’t like the cat food we sell in the store,” he said.

Although a complaint was filed with the NYPD about Boka’s disappearance, police said they had no news on Saturday of his return or an arrest.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/06/stolen-bodega-cat-returned-to-its-owners-at-brooklyn-deli/ Stolen bodega cat returned to owners at Brooklyn Deli

JACLYN DIAZ

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