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Police identify suspect caught on camera stealing massive teddy bear from Coral Gables restaurant

The stolen bear has been returned to its owners

Police have made a break the case of a stolen teddy bear.
Police have made a break the case of a stolen teddy bear.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – There has been a break the case of a stolen teddy bear.

The crime in Coral Gables was caught on camera.

A thief walked up and swiped the giant teddy bear from the Gramercy eatery in broad daylight.

“Every place right now has a surveillance camera,” said Gramercy Directory of Operations Carlos Cruz. “I was very shocked.”

It’s hard to miss the massive teddy bears that many stop and pose for photos with outside the restaurant located along the 60 block of Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.

“Everybody loves teddy bears,” Cruz said.

Giant teddy bears seen outside the Gramercy restaurant in Coral Gables. (WPLG)

Surveillance video from the restaurant captured an individual walking up to the outside dining area to steal one of the jumbo teddy bears.

“We are in Coral Gables area, we never expected something like this to happen,” said Cruz.

It happened Thursday just before 3 p.m.

What makes these bears special is that they are sold to customers, and the proceeds are donated to a charitable foundation.

After the individual snatched the bear, they can be seen jumping into the back seat of an already moving gray SUV that took off westbound.

Friday afternoon, police announced that the person in the video has been identified.

Police said charges are pending and that the bear has been returned to the restaurant.

Police have yet to reveal the identity of the individual who took the bear.


About the Author:

Joseph Ojo joined Local 10 in April 2021. Born and raised in New York City, he previously worked in Buffalo, North Dakota, Fort Myers and Baltimore.