Cat burglar ... 'Whitey' (left), holidaying in Clyde from Invercargill, has been helping himself to clothes from people's houses.
A WOMAN from the Central Otago town of Clyde, Australia, concerned someone was breaking into her house and stealing clothes, has found the culprit: An old, deaf, white cat from Invercargill.
Sergeant Derek Ealson, of Alexandra, said the woman contacted police saying she would wake to find her folded washing piles disturbed and clothing missing.
However, a few days after reporting the matter to police she spotted a white cat stealing clothing items.
She went door-knocking in the neighbourhood and after some "great detective work" found the cat's home.
The cat's owners said they had noticed extra items around the house but were unsure what to do about it.
Ealson said it was believed the pair were on holiday in the central Otago town from Southland and the cat had "gone a bit wild" after being brought along too.
"It's just a very odd cat," he said.
Another witness saw the cat climbing through a fence with a shoe in its mouth.
"Some people might be wondering where their tennis shoe went. Anyone who notices they are missing anything can contact Alexandra police."
The cat was not Southland's first feline kleptomaniac with Gus, a cat from Rosedale in Invercargill, making headlines in 2011 after stealing more than 60 shoes.
Gus, who was two-years-old at the time of offending, started innocently bringing home bark chips, leaves and newspapers, but shortly graduated to clothing, including some "interesting" items of underwear.
- Fairfax NZ News