Baby ferret returned safely to Medford pet shop after it was taken during store hours


A baby ferret named Stink-a-marink who was allegedly stolen from a Medford pet shop over the weekend has been returned safely to the store, according to store employees.

Pet Supplies Plus used social media to quickly spread word about the Saturday night abduction of the 7-month-old ferret. Workers at the store, which is located in Sunshine Square on Patchogue Yaphank Road, posted what appears to be security footage of two individuals jogging and smiling in a parking lot, with one of the individuals holding a ferret.

Numerous social media users reposted the photos and the video footage. Meanwhile, Suffolk County Police confirmed to Greater Long Island that Fifth Precinct Crime Section officers were investigating the incident after receiving a report from a Pet Supplies Plus employee that at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday two people entered the store and stole a ferret, valued at approximately $350.

“The power of the Internet is amazing. They brought her back to the store,” store employee Anna Oconnor commented earlier today on her original Facebook post that alerted the public about the heist of the animal. “Thank you everybody for your help. You were all amazing with all your tips.”

Her post from the weekend pleaded for the return of the ferret and stated, “We are in shambles right now and can’t believe someone would go out of their way to do this. We are devastated and scared for the poor baby.”

Because the incident may involve minors and also because police did not comment on or confirm that the photos or the videos are related to the case, Greater Long Island is not publishing the images.

Top photo: Facebook/ Anna Oconnor

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