CCTV Footage Of Woman Who Stole Homeless Man's Pet Rat
Police have released CCTV footage of the woman who allegedly stole a beloved pet rat from a homeless man in Sydney.
The rat, named Lucy, was taken from outside Footlocker on Pitt Street in the city's CBD earlier this month, while her owner Chris briefly used a nearby bathroom.
Moments later, the notably distressed man was captured sitting on a milk crate with a handwritten sign: "My pet rat Lucy was stolen. Lucy is black and white with a bit of brown."
Sydney City Police Area and Command are appealing to the public for assistance after CCTV cameras captured the woman they allege to be responsible.
The woman - described as being of Caucasian appearance and aged in her late 30s or early 40s with a slim build and curly brown hair - reportedly approached the man's belongings before walking away with the pet on April 6.
She was wearing a cream coloured sweater and blue shorts over 'muscle' print tights.
Lucy is well-known to Sydney-siders and was even trained to kiss people who stopped to take photos with her.
The heartbroken Sydney man said he is now too afraid to leave his spot in case Lucy returns and he isn't there.
Since her theft, an online campaign to find Lucy has gone viral.
"Almost everyday since I started my job in the city Chris & his pet rat Lucy have sat in the same spot," a GoFundMe page raising funds for Chris says.
"Taking a homeless persons loved pet - seriously, what a really low act."
The page has so far raised over $1000, which in the event Lucy isn't found, will be used to give Chris the opportunity to find a new companion.