Ipswich: Light-pawed moggy is prolific cat burglar

Rachael Drouet with her cat Theo who keeps stealing things from neighbours houses.

Rachael Drouet with her cat Theo who keeps stealing things from neighbours houses. - Credit: Archant

A “light-pawed” moggy has achieved notoriety after developing a taste for helping himself to the neighbours’ property.

Rachael Drouet with her cat Theo who keeps stealing things from neighbours houses.

Rachael Drouet with her cat Theo who keeps stealing things from neighbours houses. - Credit: Archant

The owners of Theo, a three-year-old Siamese cross, have discovered items including a phone charger, a pair of rubber gardening gloves and a packet of crisps in their Ipswich home – all of which have been stolen by their thieving cat.

Paul Edwards and girlfriend Rachael Drouet, of Meadow Crescent, uncovered Theo’s criminal tendencies when they found cat toys in their house which they knew neither of them had bought.

Mr Edwards said: “Theo started letting himself in through our near neighbours’ cat flap to play with their cat.

“But then we realised it had turned from innocent visits to him bringing cat toys home with him.”

Since then, the problem has escalated with Theo pilfering a long list of random items, ranging from an 18-inch feather duster to a muslin cloth, a fluffy pen and a clown glove puppet.

Mr Edwards is so keen to reunite the loot with its rightful owners he has photographed it and posted pictures on Facebook to give his neighbours a chance to claim it back. He added: “Thankfully, most people who know Theo are very understanding and think it is funny.”

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