Ipswich: Light pawed cat who likes to help himself to neighbour’s property

Rachael Drouet with her cat Theo who keeps stealing things from neighbours houses. Theo with some of the items he has stolen. Rachael Drouet with her cat Theo who keeps stealing things from neighbours houses. Theo with some of the items he has stolen.

Monday, June 17, 2013
8:00 AM

A “light-pawed” moggy has achieved notoriety after developing a taste for helping himself to the neighbours’ property.

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Items that Theo has takenItems that Theo has taken

The owners of Theo, a three-year-old Siamese cross, have discovered items including a phone charger, a pair of rubber gardening gloves and a packet of crisps in their Ipswich home – all of which have been stolen by their thieving cat.

Paul Edwards and girlfriend Rachael Drouet, of Meadow Crescent, Ipswich, uncovered Theo’s criminal tendencies when they found cat toys in their house which they knew neither of them had bought.

Mr Edwards said: “Theo started letting himself in through our near neighbours’ cat flap to play with their cat.

“But then we realised it had turned from innocent visits to him bringing cat toys home with him.”

Since then, the problem has escalated with Theo pilfering a long list of random items ranging from an 18-inch feather duster to a muslin cloth, a fluffy pen and a clown glove puppet.

Mr Edwards is so keen to reunite the loot with its rightful owners he has photographed it and posted pictures on Facebook to give his neighbours a chance to claim it back.

He continued: “One day, Theo brought home a gardening glove and then the next day he brought home the other one, so we now have a pair. We have no idea where he got those from and as yet, no-one has claimed the glove puppet.

“We have been able to reunite some of the items with their owners and thankfully, most people who know Theo are very understanding and think it is funny.”

According to Mr Edwards, the feline fraudster has a particular penchant for feathers, rubber and tinsel. He added: “He is quite a menace, even when he’s at home. Last Christmas, he completely stripped the house of tinsel when we were out one day and left it in a heap on the kitchen floor.”

Ms Drouet puts Theo’s thieving nature down to the fact that he is ‘half Siamese’.

She said: “He has quite pointy sleek looks but this is deceptive because he is really rather clumsy and prone to falling off things.

“He has become a bit of a neighbourhood celebrity for all the wrong reasons. We live in hope that one day he might bring back something useful.”

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