A week since he went missing, Bob the cat's heartbroken owners are now pleading for their beloved pet to be returned.
Their CCTV camera captured the woman walking past their home just after 9pm on Wednesday, December 1 before stopping to do something they never expected.
After a few pats and a failed attempt to pick him up, the woman then managed to scoop the feline into her arms and walk away.
Giuseppina Roberts and her son Vincent Mennilli are worried.
"A very brave cat, a very friendly cat, but a cat that we deeply miss," Mr Mennilli said.
"I thought how dare somebody comes into our property and takes our pet," Ms Roberts said.
The pair have door-knocked the neighbourhood and posted the footage online.
They're increasing for Bob, who is missing part of one paw and is blind in one eye.
"I'm very worried, very worried, in fact I think he could already (be) gone," Ms Roberts said.
It has been reported to police but Ms Roberts says she just wants her pet returned.
"No questions asked, just bring the cat back … and that will be my greatest gift, it will be a Christmas present."