This white cat, holidaying in Clyde, is responsible for a
spate of clothing thefts in the town, police say. Photo
''Look what the cat dragged in'' took on new meaning for
the embarrassed owners of a white moggy exposed this week as
Clyde's cat burglar.
The crooked cat was caught in the act, stealing clothes from
inside a Clyde home, after entering through an open window.
Sergeant Derek Ealson said identifying the culprit solved a
mystery, after a homeowner reported several thefts earlier
this week of small items of clothing from inside her home.
The items were taken while she was sleeping.
A boot was found half-way down the home's driveway, which
indicated an animal - a cat or dog- might be to blame, he
''Since then, the woman has seen a white cat come into her
house and take some articles from her pile of folded washing,
before leaving the property.''
The woman ''did some great detective work'', knocking on the
doors of neighbouring houses, and discovered the cat's
owners, he said.
''It appears they were up here on holiday from Southland with
their cat. There were items of clothing hidden around their
section outside, where the cat had been depositing stuff.''
The animal was old and deaf and appeared to have ''gone a bit
wild'' while on holiday.
Sgt Ealson said the woman had recovered all her items of
clothing. Anyone else missing clothing or footwear could
contact the Alexandra police, who would put them in touch
with the cat's owners, he said.