Suspected Cat Burglar Turns Out To Be An Actual Cat, Cops Say

A Florida feline mistook for a thief reportedly got “detained” by police, who then located and contacted his owner.

September 13, 2019
Bones the Cat Burglar [Collier County Sheriff's Office]

Photo by: Bones the Cat Burglar [Collier County Sheriff's Office]

Bones the Cat Burglar [Collier County Sheriff's Office]

By: Mike McPadden

Police in Florida said officers responding to a call about suspicious sounds in a local residence successfully captured a "cat burglar" in the act — literally.

In a Facebook post, the Collier County Sheriff's Office wrote that officers responded to a report of a possible burglary in progress and caught the perpetrator red-pawed.

"Upon arrival," the post states, "it was discovered that a small feline was the culprit behind the disturbing sounds that prompted the call. The 'cat burglar' was quickly detained and turned over to Collier County Domestic Animal Services for safekeeping and fur-ther questioning."

The "perp shot" of the adorable transgressor in custody proved popular online. Commentors had fun with the situation, leaving jokes such as, “Hope his bail isn’t too much,” “call my cattorney!” and “Is he going to be charged with a feliny or purrtty larceny?”

The sheriff's department later updated the post: "Great news! Our cat burglar was micro-chipped. He has been identified as Bones, and our partners at D.A.S. are in the process of contacting his owner!"

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