Tawa’s furry thief out on the prowl


Tawa res­i­dents should keep an eye out for a grey-haired crim­i­nal of slim build in con­nec­tion with a string of re­cent in­su­la­tion pipe rob­beries.

Though his name sug­gests an in­ter­est in heavy me­tals, Me­tal­lica, 3, is a cat with a pen­chant for tak­ing in­su­la­tion pipes.

Owner Cherie Hay said she had no idea why he was steal­ing the pipes.

‘‘Some of it is one and a half me­tres long, and he brings some of it in the house,’’ she said.

‘‘He’s been col­lect­ing it. I didn’t ac­tu­ally re­alise how much of it there was un­til I went out about a week ago and sud­denly re­alised it was all through the gar­den.’’

Me­tal­lica is locked in at night, so the crimes were tak­ing place dur­ing the day, Hay said.

‘‘I’m at work dur­ing the day, so I just get home and find this stuff… It’s re­ally strange.’’

‘‘I’m at work dur­ing the day, so I just get home and find this stuff… It’s re­ally strange.’’

Hay said she had asked neigh­bours whether the pip­ing was theirs, but had had no luck so far.

Her prop­erty was close to Coronation Park, the scout hall and sev­eral in­dus­trial build­ings, so there was a few pos­si­ble ori­gins, she said.

‘‘I don’t know why he does it… No-one seems to know where he is get­ting this stuff from.’’

She hoped it was from some­one’s rub­bish be­cause it looked old, and said she was keen to solve the mys­tery.

Over the past few months Me­tal­lica has be­come fo­cused on in­su­la­tion pipe, but he has brought home a va­ri­ety of items since he was seven months old, in­clud­ing knit­ting needles, scis­sors and rub­ber gloves.

‘‘When I had the Christ­mas tree up, he would leave things un­der the tree.

‘‘He would watch me wrap presents and put them un­der the tree and then he would leave things un­der it for me.’’

‘‘He’s a very funny cat. He’s most un­usual.’’


Me­tal­lica with his stash of in­su­la­tion pipe.

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