HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The ferret that was stolen from a Huntington pet shop has been returned to the store.
The theft of the animal was caught on camera. You can see an adult helping a boy steal the ferret from the Pet Palace pet store in Huntington.
WSAZ aired the video several times Thursday night in our newscasts.
Friday morning, a major surprise for employees at the store -- a man walked into the store with the ferret to give it back.
"Gentleman comes in and has a ferret wrapped up in a sweatshirt and hands it to me and says his son had taken it and he apologized he had taken it and that they don't have room for it," said Pet Palace Employee James Hanshaw.
The ferret was in good shape -- but was pretty hungry.
The pet store says it still plans to file charges in connection with the theft.
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It happened Wednesday and all of it was caught on surveillance video.
Employees say before they took the white ferret, with gray tips and black eyes, they went to several other cages to see if they could get them to open up. The adult in the video double-checks to make sure they are locked-up tight.
Tiffany Dial, whose family owns the downtown Huntington Business, is concerned for the safety of the animal.
"That is one of the reasons this is so affecting our store because these pets, for one we don't have many of them, so you get very attached to them and that is when you get very excited when they get sold you get a relationship with people whenever you sell an animal," Dial said.
Dial says just last week a woman came into the store, put a rabbit in her hoodie and walked out.
Fortunately a Huntington Police Officer was able to track her down. The rabbit was returned to the store and now has a new home.
"You are stealing from a mom and pop business," Dial said. "We are downtown Huntington. We are down here for people to see us and get to play with the animals if they keep stealing from us we are going to have to stop because we can't afford for them to get stolen."
The cost of the ferret is $165.
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