Give Mr. Buttons an extra hug tonight, because he might not be around in the morning.
Two alleged teddy bear thieves are still at large in Vancouver, B.C., and police are pouring over evidence to find them. Anyone familiar with Coal Harbour might have already seen Leroy–a 5-foot toy black bear who has watched over the coast from his owners’ apartment for 11 years. The bear has become somewhat of a mascot in the community, as children and families generally liked to pose in front of him for selfies.
“On holidays it either carried an American flag or Canadian flag, dependent on what country was celebrating,” his owner, Bruce Kaufman, said.
On Sunday afternoon though, Leroy was gone. Kaufman immediately checked his building’s security system to see if the mysterious disappearance was caught on camera. The footage showed a male and female walking down a path with Leroy–the bear had been kidnapped.
Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft, while Kaufman says he just wants the bear back. He’s asking whoever has Leroy to drop him off at a firehouse, promising that “no questions will be asked.”
Unfortunately, this is actually the second teddy bear theft to plague Metro Vancouver in recent weeks. In May, another giant teddy bear named Bearamel Macchiato was taken from Creekside Coffee Factory in Coquitlam. So there could be a serial bear-napper running around.
For a look at the two suspects, check out the video above.