ST. TAMMANY PARISH (WDSU NEWS) -- There are an estimated 27-million shoplifters in the United States.
Odds are, not many of them got away with what a woman stole from a pet store in south Louisiana.
It is every pet store owner's goal to find their pets a home, but adventure pets co-owner Stephen Creech has spent the last few weeks trying to get one back.
"It's uh...It's pretty rare," he told NBC affiliate WDSU.
On December 13th, a woman walked into the store and picked up a ferret.
Surveillance cameras then showed the woman putting the ferret in her purse and walking out.
"It looked pretty clear didn't it? She was right there in front of the camera, it was like she knew it was there and was putting it in her purse," said Creech.
Creech contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriffs Office and also posted the video on Facebook.
A few days after doing so, someone recognized the woman.
Creech says there are eight of these cameras in the store but the real reason they caught the thief was because of social media.
"I bet this video was seen in probably 42 different states, I mean, it's amazing," he said.
The St. Tammany sheriffs office says with the identification, they contacted 47-year old Monette Effel.
On Thursday morning, Effel brought the ferret back.
"I expected someone to tell me who she was...I didn't expect her to bring it back," Creech said.
Creech says Effel gave a reason for the theft, saying her former ferret had died and she was looking for a new one.
He says she even offered to buy the ferret she stole. But Creech said no.
"The ferret was obviously really well cared for and we're just happy to have it back," he said.
He's now hoping to find the ferret a home, the right way.
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