Se­rial shoe thief is a cat

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - CATRIN OWEN

A bur­glar with a pen­chant for shoes has been tak­ing footwear from the door steps of Auck­land homes.

How­ever, this isn’t your usual type of bur­glar, rather a four-legged­fe­line gain­ing un­de­tected en­try to homes in One­hunga.

Po­lice said over the last few months res­i­dents around Grey St have been re­port­ing shoes, clothes and even a tool kit go­ing miss­ing from their door steps.

One­hunga res­i­dent, An­nette Voll no­ticed a shoe dis­ap­pear from her front porch in Septem­ber.

‘‘The sec­ond one dis­ap­peared a cou­ple of weeks later and ev­ery time it was the left shoe,’’ she said.

Voll found one of their miss­ing shoes be­hind the shed and an­other one lodged in a hole in a hedge.

She car­ried out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and found that a moggy was re­spon­si­ble for a num­ber of the items taken over the past months.

The owner of the cat re­turned the items along with a bot­tle of wine as a ges­ture of good­will. He said the sneaky kitty is locked in­side each night in a hope every­one’s shoes are safe.

This cat isn’t alone with its shoe fetish. In Novem­ber a fel­low fe­line in Mur­ray’s Bay stole al­most 20 shoes.

Back in 2015 a cat called Earl was raid­ing the homes of the North Shore but his items of choice were socks and ladies un­der­wear.

A cat in One­hunga has been steal­ing shoes (cat pic­tured not the cul­prit).

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