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Stolen kitten returned by remorseful thief in Minnesota

"I didn't have money and had planned to give the kitten as a Valentine's Day gift," the thief's read. "I'm sorry."

By Ben Hooper

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A guilt-ridden Minnesota kitten thief returned the pilfered pussycat to the pet store with a note explaining he stole the cat to be a Valentine's Day gift.

The Ruff Start Rescue, an animal shelter that partners with the Minneapolis PetSmart to have its adoptable animals displayed at the store, said the 3-month-old kitten, named Wednesday, was stolen from the store Friday and the man accused of taking the feline was caught on the store's security cameras.

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The rescue said Wednesday was found less than 24 hours later in a box outside of a PetSmart store in nearby Roseville. A note left with the kitten explained the man's reason for taking the feline.

"I didn't have money and had planned to give the kitten as a Valentine's Day gift," the note read. "I'm sorry."

Azure Davis, president and founder of Ruff Start Rescue, said police told officials a report has been filed but officers will not be investigating the theft of the $150 kitten.

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