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article image'Klepto Cat' caught stealing over 600 items on video camera

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By Kim I. Hartman     Feb 19, 2011 in Crime
San Mateo - Like a thief in the night Dusty prowled the streets of one California neighborhood helping himself to hundreds of items. The skilled cat burglar was finally caught on video tape carrying the goods home and since then he has been dubbed "Klepto the cat."
His nocturnal habits have become legend in the San Mateo neighborhood that Dusty calls home. "His owners figured the cat has stolen 600 items from the neighborhood in the past three years, amassing a growing pile of loot at home," ABCNews reported.
"He’s not choosy," said owner Jean Chu. "Stolen goods include towels, stuffed animals, gloves, socks, shoes, spongy footballs. He stole a Converse sneaker and returned later for the other one," reports SeattlePi. " He even swiped a neighbor’s bikini bottom that was drying outside, and came back minutes later for the top. He has also pilfered someone’s underwear."
His record for number of items brought home in one night - an impressive eleven. Quite a bit above his actual average of 4 items stolen per week, for three years.
Dusty was busted on his late night rounds of prowling the neighborhood for goodies by night-vision video cameras installed by Animal Planet and then ABCNews. The video footage solved the mystery of who has been stealing from residents of this small community.
His crime spree was first discovered by the producers of Animal Planet's television series 'Must Love Cats'. He was videotaped for a week on his 'seek and steal' missions, and then the footage was aired on the weekly program, reported the Daily Mail Online.
The Animal Planet footage can be seen here.
While life has changed a little for Dusty since he was caught burglarizing the community, "Neighbours say they now keep a watch for the cat and if something comes up missing, they do not intend to file police reports," said the Mail Online. "They say that when something goes missing they simply visit Dusty's owners, Jean Chu and Jim Coleman."
Dusty isn't the first of his breed to live on the wrong side of the law. ABC News reported on Frankie, another cat burglar with a penchant for stealing from the neighbors. In the Loughborough area in the UK, the BBC reported that Henry, a feline felon, has become famous for stealing socks and has amassed a sizable collection.
Thievery isn't limited to just cats, dogs are in on it too.
In Utah a dodgy dog stole a rawhide bone from a grocery store and ran past the store manager as he made his getaway. FOXNews reports the "dog went into the store and headed straight for the pet food in Aisle 16, grabbed the $2.79 bone and made a break for the door, only to be confronted by store manager Roger Adamson."
"I looked at him. I said, 'Drop it!" said Anderson, according to the Fox report. After a brief stare-down, the suspect ran for the door and neither dog or bone has been seen since.
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