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Police: Montbell bear gets vest back, suspect in custody

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PPB officers pose with the bear outside of the Montbell store in downtown Portland after returning the mascot's jacket, which was stolen earlier in the week. (Kandra Kent/KPTV) PPB officers pose with the bear outside of the Montbell store in downtown Portland after returning the mascot's jacket, which was stolen earlier in the week. (Kandra Kent/KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A beloved mascot bear is bare no more after police Saturday nabbed the person that allegedly stole his custom vest. 

The $700 vest went missing Thursday off an outdoor display in front of Portland’s Mont-Bell outdoor equipment store.

Police said they received a tip that a man walking on the Ross Island Bridge was wearing a jacket that looked like the one that was stolen. They arrested Migual Farnca and charged him with theft.

According to the manager of the store, employees also saw the suspect wearing the vest Friday.

“He wore the vest and took a train in front of our store yesterday,” Kazuhiro Tomiyana said. “Why would you steal a bear’s vest? It’s not for humans.”

Police had earlier released a surveillance video showing a man taking the vest off and making his get-away in just a few seconds.

While it was missing, store employees outfitted the bear with its summer vest to try to keep it warm.

“With no vest he’s naked and it looks kind of funny,” Tomiyana said.

While Fox 12 was interviewing Tomiyana about the missing vest, police officers came into the store to return it.

“It’s a happy ending,” Officer Andrew Kofoed said. “We go the extra mile if something is stolen from a bear.”

It’s a relief for store employees who couldn’t bear to see their mascot cold.

Tomiyana said he’ll now be finding a way to safety secure the vest on the bear so it’s not stolen again.

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