FORT COLLINS – The rooms are full, but the Armstrong Hotel feels a little empty lately. Staff point out an empty chair covered in claw marks in the lobby.
A feline who has spent the last 10 years in the lobby of the Fort Collins hotel appears to have been stolen by three men over the weekend. It was all captured on video.
Surveillance video from hotel shows three young men scooping up the cat named Oreo at 7:40 p.m. Saturday as they walk out the front door of the business.
Hotel staff realized Oreo was missing right away, but it took them until Monday to find the suspects on surveillance video.
"She's a pretty chill cat," Armstrong Hotel employee Cindy Bellin said. "She likes to just lounge."
It is hard to overstate Oreo's popularity in Old Town Fort Collins. People stop by the hotel just to see her: adults on their way to work and kids on their way to school. She even has her own Facebook page with 300 friends.
"I have no idea why anyone would take a cat. It seems like far more trouble than it's worth," Oreo fan Jonathan Jarrow said. "I happen to be a cat person. I really like cats and I was just bummed because it seems crazy."
Fort Collins Police are investigating Oreo's cat-napping. Back at the Armstrong, they just want her found safe and sound.
"We miss her," Bellin said.
Anyone with information on where Oreo might be is being asked to call Fort Collins Police or the Armstrong Hotel at 970-484-3883.