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Japanese Cat Cafe Robbed at Gunpoint on Lower East Side, NYPD Says

 Robbers managed to steal $850 from a cat cafe stick-up Monday night, police said.
Robbers managed to steal $850 from a cat cafe stick-up Monday night, police said.
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LOWER EAST SIDE — This never would've happened at a dog cafe.

Two men robbed Koneko, a Clinton Street cat cafe, at gunpoint, stealing $850 before fleeing the scene about 10 p.m. Monday night, an NYPD spokeswoman said.

"You know what this is. Give me the money. Don't look at me. Put the money in the bag," one of the robbers told the 35-year-old woman behind the counter as he pointed what appeared to be a gun covered in a black bag.

They forced the woman to lie down on the ground as they fled, police said.

Both suspects are about 5 feet 8 inches and 135 pounds, police said.

One wore a black baseball cap with a black shirt, police said.

Investigators have clear video of the robbery, an NYPD spokeswoman said.

The cafe, which closes at 9 p.m., allows a stable of about 20 cats to roam freely as customers sip coffee, according to its website.

The shop was closed for Independence Day and staff didn't immediately return a request for comment.