The bear was inside a backpack that also contained important documents, an iPad and a Nintendo Switch gaming console.
Soriano had said she did not care if she got the other items back, as long as she was reunited with the bear.
UPDATE: ACTUAL FOOTAGE OF THE THEFT! When I dropped the bag, my fiance was still in the alley, not inside, so it would have been right beside the uHaul cabin. This happened just after he pulled into the loading bay. pic.twitter.com/6eoGzVVr2t
— mara soriano | FIND MAMABEAR VANCOUVER (@drawmaradraw)
July 27, 2020
The bag was taken from the street while items were unpacked from a removal van in Vancouver, and a security camera captured images of a man walking away with the black backpack.
Following the theft on Saturday, July 25, Soriano set up the Find Mamabear Vancouver campaign online, sharing images and security camera clips to try to identify the person who took the bag.
The campaign was shared thousands of times, and caught the attention of Reynolds, who tweeted: “Vancouver: $5,000 to anyone who returns this bear to Mara. Zero questions asked. I think we all need this bear to come home.”
Canadian television personality George Stroumboulopoulos retweeted Reynolds’ offer, saying he would double the reward if the bear is found.