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'Cat burglar': Neighbourhood moggy with a magnetic collar responsible for spate of missing keys
The Telegraph [UK] ^ | 10 Dec 2012

Posted on 12/11/2012 7:27:35 PM PST by Slings and Arrows

Then they discovered the culprit, a genuine “cat burglar” who had made off with more than 20 sets of house and car keys.

The neighbours discovered that Milo the neighbourhood moggy was stealing the keys – attached to his magnetic collar.

The nine-year-old cat had been fitted with the collar to operate her cat flap and stop other cats sneaking into her home to steal her food.

But the collar was also picking up the keys along with its adventures to other people’s homes.

It was not until Kirsten Alexander, 27, spotted her pet coming through the cat flap with a set of someone else's keys dangling from her magnetic collar that the mystery was solved.

In the past five weeks, Milo's collar picked up at more than 20 sets house and car keys as she wandered from home to home through neighbour's catflaps in Stoke Newington, north east London.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
Picture at source. Methinks Kitteh is in cahoots with a local locksmith.
1 posted on 12/11/2012 7:27:43 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 12/11/2012 7:29:47 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Wow. In before the ping.


3 posted on 12/11/2012 7:29:47 PM PST by Mercat (Adventures make you late for dinner. Bilbo Baggins)
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4 posted on 12/11/2012 7:30:49 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Mercat

It was a trap! You’re surrounded!


5 posted on 12/11/2012 7:33:14 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
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6 posted on 12/11/2012 7:33:47 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: NYTexan

Ping


7 posted on 12/11/2012 7:46:20 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Pic of the perp and the evidence... but the cat is totally innocent.


8 posted on 12/11/2012 7:51:44 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

This could all be prevented if people were not too lazy to open & close their doors for their pets at need, instead of cutting a hole in it for them to run loose.

It only takes one mad squirrel; or a possum, coon, or skunk; or an enterprising tyke/teen burglary team to make believers out of them. Or, tragically, one squished cat or dog.

Pets, unless invited & taken elsewhere, belong in the home & yard of their owner, for both their safety, and the safety of the owner’s finances.


9 posted on 12/11/2012 7:54:50 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Jyotishi

10 posted on 12/11/2012 7:56:43 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ha-ha-ha! Thanks.


11 posted on 12/11/2012 8:01:43 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Jyotishi

De nada, FRiend.


12 posted on 12/11/2012 8:10:26 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Truth is stranger than fiction.


13 posted on 12/11/2012 8:10:43 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ApplegateRanch
This could all be prevented if people were not too lazy to open & close their doors for their pets at need

My cat likes to come and go at 2 AM (yard is fenced, which discourages long forays). Not wanting to get up at 2AM is NOT "lazy".

My rat terrier dog is very shy, and will not make a noise to be let out. She just looks "worried". Doesn't work too well if you are in another room.

That flap is a wonderful addition to our home, and no coon, squirrel etc. has figured it out in four years of rural living.
14 posted on 12/11/2012 8:19:18 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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15 posted on 12/11/2012 8:20:31 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Cicero
Truth is stranger than fiction.

Naturally. Fiction has to be believable.

16 posted on 12/11/2012 8:28:44 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I don’t believe this story. I think this is an attention whore at work and it’s not the moggy.


17 posted on 12/11/2012 8:39:43 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson

You’d think this cat burglar would be picking up all manner of hardware, not just keys.


18 posted on 12/11/2012 8:49:31 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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19 posted on 12/11/2012 8:53:30 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: mylife

LOL!


20 posted on 12/11/2012 9:50:17 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: HiTech RedNeck
From the story:

She said she had also found dozens of metal items scattered around her house, including nails, pins, screws and bolts.

It helps to actually read the article...

21 posted on 12/11/2012 9:52:48 PM PST by NYTexan
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22 posted on 12/11/2012 10:00:56 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Slings and Arrows

: )


23 posted on 12/11/2012 10:09:27 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It could at least bring home a car to mommie dearest.


24 posted on 12/11/2012 10:11:00 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Dr. Sivana

We have a cat door for our kitties. We’ve had a few uninvited visitors. One was a racoon who kept coming in for chow until she got too big & fat. I heard a ruckus down where the door is & looked out to see a racoon with a cat-door girdle. She’d gotten stuck & ended up pulling the whole thing out. She got the girdle off & went away & we didn’t see her again until the next year. She came back with three kits & sent THEM in to get chow. Smart mama!


25 posted on 12/12/2012 8:03:18 AM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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I loathe raccoons.


26 posted on 12/12/2012 8:48:43 AM PST by Fawn (GIVE OBAMA EVERYTHING HE WANTS--Get out of they way for BLAME)
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To: Twotone
One was a racoon who kept coming in for chow until she got too big & fat. I heard a ruckus down where the door is & looked out to see a racoon with a cat-door girdle.

Beatrix Potter was a prophetess! (cf. Timmy Tiptoes)

27 posted on 12/12/2012 8:59:50 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
From the UK article:

"She said she had also found dozens of metal items scattered around her house, including nails, pins, screws and bolts."

28 posted on 12/12/2012 9:17:26 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

It doesn’t make sense that a magnetic collar would suck the keys out of cars or doors.

What I think MAY explain it is that a number of neighbors have only one set of keys but two or more people who use them. Maybe one car shared by a husband and wife.

So when they bring the car home, they throw the keys on the floor behind the cat door or doggy door, where the other users can find it.

Kind of like hiding the front door key on top of a window, or inside a flower pot.

Not the best thing to do if burglars are around, but a lot of people do it anyway.


29 posted on 12/12/2012 10:45:35 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

As an alternative explanation: Homeowner leaves keys on counter, hall table, etc.,; kitty enters through catflap, sees keys, jumps up to look at the shiny object, keys captured by magnetic collar.


30 posted on 12/12/2012 11:18:12 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I think kittehs are smarter than than people give them credit for. If they had their own IQ tests, I bet our fur balls would have IQ’s equal to Einstein.

(This post was written with the cat on my lap, btw)


31 posted on 12/12/2012 2:53:08 PM PST by Gefn
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To: Gefn

Allways a good idea to flatter our feline masters.


32 posted on 12/12/2012 5:51:58 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: NYTexan; MHGinTN

Well a big ole iron meow to you.


33 posted on 12/12/2012 6:29:52 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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