the Real-life Cat Burglar
Daily Mail Reporter, London. 12-9-08
A real-life cat burglar has left his owner feeling less than purr-fect
- by swiping dozens of cuddly toys from nearby homes.
Frankie the tom cat has got his claws into 35 teddies and soft toys in
the last year.
Owner Julie Bishop believes the two-year-old feline is sneaking into her
He drags each one of his finds through the catflap before depositing them
on the same spot in the living room.
Julie, 52, said: 'Frankie looks very pleased with himself when he comes
in with these presents.
'He's been going out of the house and coming back with all these toys for
pretty much as long as he's been allowed out.
'They're all soft toys for cats I think. About 15 of them are all the same
leopard. He doesn't really play with them. He dumps them down and goes
out looking for something else.'
In the past year alone Frankie's haul has included teddy bears, leopards
and a giant squeaky beefburger.
Now Julie has plastered her home town of Swindon with
posters to try and trace the rightful owners.
Julie, who lives with her partner Gary Witts, 47, got Frankie from a Wiltshire
farm in 2006.
She said: 'I'd be interested to find out what's happening when he goes
'Frankie is quite independent and comes in and out of the cat flap all
through the day and night.
'He's quite a friendly cat and likes to sleep on your shoulder, although
he lets you know if he wants to be on his own.'
Two weeks ago Frankie stole two green witch's heads, which must have come
from a recent Halloween party.
He has also swiped a range of old socks, nappy sacks, half-eaten beefburgers
and chips - as well as the traditional dead mice and birds.
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