►CAT BUR­GLARS: ROB­BERS BEAK INTO HOME, STEAL A CAT:

Ripon Bulletin - - State / Nation -

SAN BRUNO (AP) — A pair of rob­bers in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia has given new mean­ing to the term cat bur­glars.

Po­lice say Olek­sandr Mirza and Ching Yen lit­er­ally stole a cat af­ter break­ing into an apart­ment in San Bruno, and pep­per-spray­ing a res­i­dent.

The San Bruno Po­lice De­part­ment says that hours af­ter the rob­bery of­fi­cers in San Fran­cisco ar­rested Mirza and Yen.

It says one of the sus­pects used pep­per spray on the vic­tim dur­ing the home-in­va­sion rob­bery Satur­day.

Both 26-year-old sus­pects were booked in the San Ma­teo County jail on rob­bery, bur­glary, un­law­ful use of tear gas and con­spir­acy charges.

Po­lice did not say if the pet was the in­tended tar­get of the rob­bery. A call seek­ing more de­tails was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

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