Updated Tuesday, August 23rd at 3:00 p.m. On Tuesday, Aug. 16, Morris was taken while he was visiting patrons of Debbie’s Drive In next door. The patrons assumed he was a stray and took him in. Thanks to many community members, Morris was found in Denver. The Granby Police Department traveled to Denver to bring Morris safely back to Ace on Aug. 23, where he can continue doing what he loves best — greeting customers and getting plenty of ear scratches.
Granby Ace Hardware has known Morris, an orange tabby feline who greets customers as a familiar furry face, for many years. Customers loved to show Morris affection. But around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, Morris was stolen when he was visiting patrons of Debbie’s Drive In next door. Ace Hardware’s security cameras caught footage of a man and woman in a blue Subaru Crosstrek scoop Morris up from the border of the Ace parking lot and drive away. Ace staff have been trying since then for the cat to be returned home.
So far, no leads have been discovered. The Granby Police Department said that footage of the Crosstrek’s license plate is too blurry to read and no one has come forward with information.
Blue Crosstreks are common in Grand County, but Ace store owner Amy Kaplanis said the vehicle has two stickers on the rear windshield and one sticker on the back right-side window. She added that Ace has retrieved the driver’s receipt from Debbie’s Drive-In and three people in Colorado have the name of the patron. They hope to follow leads from the receipt and to receive camera footage from Debbie’s soon.
Granby Police Department can receive information by calling 970-887-3007 or texting Ace at (970-887-395) to speak with the manager. If you have any tips, you can remain anonymous.
“Our goal is simply to get Morris returned home where he can continue to bring smiles to our team and community as he roams the store and lot,”Ace Hardware wrote on their facebook page. “No questions asked. Please bring Morris home!”