Burglar caught in the act
Victims of a Clyde cat-burglar have been reunited with their stolen goods after the feline made headlines last week when his stealing fetish was reported to the police. Sheree Lines said her 2-year-old cat, Skitz, had a habit of stealing items and bringing them home. It started with sticks and leaves but soon Skitz advanced to bringing home everything from newspapers to dresses, to shoes and toys. Teddy bears and anything ‘‘pretty or sparkly’’ often caught Skitz’s eye but the strangest thing he had ever brought home was a newspaper from the 1920s. ‘‘I have absolutely no idea where he got it from,’’ she said. Locking Skitz inside at night-time did not stop his offending. It just meant he would steal in daylight hours. Her father Bob said, ‘‘The amount of items Skitz has collected is embarrassing. We didn’t know what to do with it.’’ A search of the internet found Skitz’s stealing fetish was not uncommon, but there was also not much that could be done to stop it. The only option was to have Skitz hypnotised. The light-pawed stealing came to light last week when one of Skitz’s victims contacted police with concerns that someone was breaking into her house and stealing clothes – but a few days later, she caught Skitz in the act. Other people who read about Skitz in The Southland Times last week have been in contact with the family to pick some of their items.
Cat-burglar: Sheree Lines with her cat Skitz and some of the items he has dragged to her parents’ house in Clyde during the past five months. Photo: CHE BAKER