Cat is out of the bag for Bristol burglar’s identity

Naughty Norris with some of the items he has pilfered from neighbours
Naughty Norris with some of the items he has pilfered from neighbours

It should have been the purr-fect crime, but Naughty Norris, the ultimate cat burglar, has been cat-nabbed.

Norris, a two-year-old tabby, has become a cat kleptomaniac, stealing a range of clothing including bras, oven gloves, and T-shirts from the washing lines of his neighbours, forcing his embarrassed owners to write a letter admitting to their moggie’s crime spree.

The prowling cat burglar of the Bedminster area of Bristol started off small, pilfering items such as dishcloths and dusters.

More recently his taste for getting more than the cream has seen him swipe sports bras, support pants, jumpers, T-shirts, boxer shorts, and a bath mat — and never coming within a whisker of getting caught. His feline crime wave also included half a pizza, an unopened tube of gravy paste, and a German sausage. If the items are too big to bring in through the cat flap at home, Norris leaves them on the mat in the back garden.

His owners, Richard and Sophie Windsor, believe Norris is taking items from washing lines and have written to their neighbours to apologise and hope they will not have their claws out for their errant cat

“Dear neighbours,” their letter says, “This is a slightly embarrassing note to have to write but during his travels throughout the neighbourhood, our cat, Norris, has brought back an assortment of items.

“Unlike most cats, Norris isn’t too interested in the local wildlife but has taken to straight-up theft. In some cases he’s literally been there and got the T-shirt.”

They say it was at first amusing, but “recently his habit has intensified and we now have a growing pile of stolen goods which need returning to you good people of Bedminster”.

“We have a range of T-shirts, jumpers, slippers, socks, oven gloves, bath mats and boxers.”

They are hoping anyone who has “misplaced” items will contact them and they will “dig through his growing hoard and drop them back”.

Richard Windsor, 26, a graphic designer, told the Bristol Post: “So far we have been able to reunite a number of items with their owners including a towel set, some oven gloves, a bath mat, some baby clothes and some running gear.

“Fortunately all our neighbours have been very good-natured about it and think it’s funny.”

They are hoping Norris will paws for thought the next time he is passing a washing line.

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