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SoHo Store Owners Say Pet Rabbit Stolen From Boutique’s Window

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The rabbit can be seen in surveillance video sitting the store's window moments before the owners say she was stolen. (credit: CBS 2)

The rabbit can be seen in surveillance video sitting the store’s window moments before the owners say she was stolen. (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are looking for a pair of suspects who allegedly stole a SoHo store owners’ pet rabbit that lived in the window of the shop.

Surveillance video shows the large brown and white rabbit sprawled out on her stomach Wednesday afternoon just moments before being stolen.

The video shows a man in blue jeans and a cowboy hat leaning in toward the rabbit while a woman, also in a cowboy hat, stands guard at the door. Then it looks like the man puts the rabbit in his coat and walks out leaving the crate empty.

“It’s emotionally violating,” said owner Christopher Kulukundis. “It’s like stealing a part of you a little bit.”

“I couldn’t believe it. It’s the last thing I ever thought would happen,” said owner Alexander Berardi.

The cowboy hat wearing duo had been in the store several times that week, according to the owners. The couple had even commented on the bunny called Miss Cooper, a fixture in the Prince Street window of the high-end clothing store.

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Image taken from surveillance video of the alleged suspects (credit: CBS 2)

“Just want to see the bunny, that kind of thing,” said Kulukundis.

The owner says he would’ve expected someone to take one of the runway dresses that cost $5,000, but to take the brand mascot which costs $45, he says is another level.

“My business partner kept saying ‘what dress did they steal?’ I was like no, it’s worse. It’s Miss Cooper,” said Kulukundis. “It’s really baffling.”

“People are stopping by, asking what they can do to help,” said Berardi.

Berardi and Kulukundis have a second rabbit named Jack, who they say will be staying out of the store front window in fear he too will be stolen.

Berardi says they will not press charges as long as the rabbit is returned.  The NYPD is looking for more surveillance video along Prince Street to help find the suspects.

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