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Ill. kitty caper caught on tape, cops pursue "cat burglars"

Petland in Hoffman Estates, Ill. released video images showing suspects who allegedly stole an 8-week-old kitten on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011
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(CBS) HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Police in northwest suburban Chicago are on the lookout for an 8-week-old gray tabby kitten, and the couple that brazenly stole the cat from a pet store last week, in a crime captured on surveillance video, according to CBS Chicago.

A man and a pregnant woman came into Petland in Hoffman Estates the night of Tuesday, Nov. 15 and asked to see a male gray tabby kitten, spending "considerable time" with the kitten in one of the store's socializing rooms, Petland said in a news release, CBS Chicago reported. The woman slipped the cat under her jacket and the two exited the store, the release said.

Video released by Petland shows the kitten trying to jump out of the woman's coat before she catches and conceals the animal, the station reported.

The young tabby, which was micro-chipped, was for sale for $299, according to the store owner.

"The kitten's safety is the store's primary concern. Young kittens require special care...if not taken care of properly he could become fatally ill," Petland said.

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