Sunday, December 27, 2015

Cat burglar thought to be reformed character has returned to his thieving ways

A pet cat with a track record for stealing has slipped back into his criminal ways despite convincing his owner he was a reformed character. Kleptomaniac Theo, from Ipswich, has recently been stealing toy food, including a pineapple and an aubergine. "We are deeply ashamed of our cat, especially as he had convinced us that he had changed his criminal ways," his owner wrote to neighbours.

Rachael Drouet created a leaflet for her neighbours in a bid to reunite the stolen items with their rightful owners. "This year has been relatively quiet, save for some Bettaware catalogues and the odd flat balloon," the leaflet read. "Until a few days ago when he started bring home toy food. So far we have cheese, a green pepper, fish, a pineapple, an aubergine, and a felt basket to put them all in."

Theo, a five-year-old Siamese cross, also managed to bring home a child's body warmer. Earlier this year, he stole a catalogue from a house down the street owned by a policeman, which Ms Drouet said "wasn't ideal". Among the items stolen in the last couple of years are muslin cloths, fluffy pens, a USB phone charger cable and a child's piece of art.

Theo also took to stealing Christmas decorations from neighbours' trees. Ms Drouet said this year she managed to reunite items from Theo's haul with their rightful owners before too long. "I wrote the flyers and then luckily managed to find out who all the things belonged to," Ms Drouet said. "You get tired of knocking on neighbours' doors and saying 'me again'".

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