Stolen cat found following tip off on Facebook

UPDATE (08/03/2013):

BLOOMER, Wis. (WEAU) -- A local family says they're stolen cat has been returned following a Facebook post that tipped them off.

Mike Randall says he got a call from a woman in Bloomer saying his 14-year-old cat "Sam" was founded under a tree in her yard. He says it was near the Como Lake boat landing.

On Friday, WEAU covered the story and spoke to Randall about his son stumbling upon Facebook posts Friday when they were looking for Sam.

He says it's local teenage girls who posted that they kidnapped the cat and the Facebook time stamp puts it at about 1 a.m. Friday morning. And Randall also says surveillance video shows the girls with the cat at Kwik Trip.

On Saturday, Randall told us if the girls did drop the cat off near Kwik Trip, Sam would have crossed all of the lanes of Hwy 53 to get to where he was found in Bloomer, nearly halfway back to his house.

Randall says he's happy and his stomach is in knots as community members reached out from all over to help search for Sam. He says he's relieved and appreciates everyone's kindness and support.


Bloomer (WEAU) - A local family says some teenage girls took something precious from them overnight and posted on Facebook about it.

Mike Randall says his son stumbled upon the posts Friday when they were looking for their missing 14 year old cat.

He says it's local teenage girls who posted that they kidnapped the cat and the Facebook time stamp puts it at about 1 a.m. Friday morning.

Randall called deputies but as of Friday night there's still no sign of their pet.

The owner of the Twi-Lite motel in Bloomer says his cat was part of the business too. "He visits everyone who stays at the hotel," he says.

He usually comes inside for the day, but his disappearance took a different turn when Randall's son found this on Facebook:
teen girls holding sam in the picture, three involved in all. The pictures has since been taken down. He says they called it a "kitty kidnapping".

The Chippewa County Sheriff told us they got the call about the stolen cat and identified a suspect.

"What they do to the girls is immaterial. I just want my cat back," Randall says.

We tracked down one of the girls tagged in the picture on Facebook. She's 15, and says they thought it was a stray.

"There's surveillance video of them with the cat at Kwik Trip," he says.

Mike says they told deputies they dropped Sam off at the gas station, but they've had no luck. "We've been at Kwik Trip all day in the woods and grass, no sign of the cat."

He says investigators told him it may be a felony, or a ticket. Mike says it's a lesson. "To all the kids out there who do something dumb, don't be dumb enough to post it on Facebook. It's pretty easy to catch you."

Sam the cat does not have a collar. He's mostly gray and white with a little black patch on his eye and ear area. If you see him call Chippewa County at 715-726-7701 and choose the non-emergency option at #7.

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