Real-life cat burglars are sneaking in to steal shoes and clothes

Margaret Boddy with cats Eric and Ernie

Margaret Boddy with cats Eric and Ernie

First published in News

If a pair of your shoes has suddenly disappeared, you might find answers by visiting the home of Braintree’s very own four-legged cat burglars.

Ever since they were adopted as kittens four years ago by Margaret and Eddie Boddy, of Marlborough Road, cheeky feline thieves Eric and Ernie have been pinching clothes, shoes and even underwear from nearby homes.

The couple, who have five grandchildren, manage to return most of the stolen items to their owners but have no idea where the four-year-old cats’ recent loot - four pairs of shoes - have come from.

Mrs Boddy, 67, said: “It’s amazing, they bring the pairs in one shoe at a time.

“I think they’re going further afield now as we’ve knocked at our immediate neighbours and these things don’t belong to them. We’d like to return the shoes back to their owners if we could."

If you recognise any of the items please email Mrs Boddy on margaret_boddy@hotmail.com

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5:11pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Are there bells on the cats so people can hear them?
Are there bells on the cats so people can hear them? Jack222
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10:01pm Thu 9 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Actually this sort of offence is not without precedent.

Browsing through the records of the Old Bailey trials (as I'm sure we all no doubt do) I came across the case of two burglars by the name of John Anderson and James Baker who had a similar propensity to encroach upon other peoples’ property - and for reasons known only to themselves - make off with various items of footwear. During their nocturnal excursions they managed to acquire three pairs of shoes; three odd shoes; and a boot.

The judicious system of the time (1733) was perhaps not quite so lenient and namby-pamby as it is today and they very soon paid the ultimate prices for their indiscretions.

Now, having previously attracted a considerable degree of most unfair and decidedly biased opprobrium for my earlier novel suggestions (last June) of how to deal with the duck munching feline felons of Great Notley (apparently some readers took exception to my proposed use of hand grenades!) I am going to take a back seat this time and simply leave it to others (Bhudeeka perhaps? – I do believe she has a fairly robust opinion on puddy cats) to decide whether a public hanging might also be the answer in the latest case involving the dastardly duo ‘Eric &Ernie’.

At least in the case of poor old Johnny & Jamie there is no denying that they were permanently cured of there kleptomaniac tendencies with no further offences attributed to them ever again.

As I said, I’m staying well clear this time, but if anyone wants to borrow a bit of rope I’m sure I can find a strand or two somewhere in the shed down at the bottom of my garden.
Actually this sort of offence is not without precedent. Browsing through the records of the Old Bailey trials (as I'm sure we all no doubt do) I came across the case of two burglars by the name of John Anderson and James Baker who had a similar propensity to encroach upon other peoples’ property - and for reasons known only to themselves - make off with various items of footwear. During their nocturnal excursions they managed to acquire three pairs of shoes; three odd shoes; and a boot. The judicious system of the time (1733) was perhaps not quite so lenient and namby-pamby as it is today and they very soon paid the ultimate prices for their indiscretions. Now, having previously attracted a considerable degree of most unfair and decidedly biased opprobrium for my earlier novel suggestions (last June) of how to deal with the duck munching feline felons of Great Notley (apparently some readers took exception to my proposed use of hand grenades!) I am going to take a back seat this time and simply leave it to others (Bhudeeka perhaps? – I do believe she has a fairly robust opinion on puddy cats) to decide whether a public hanging might also be the answer in the latest case involving the dastardly duo ‘Eric &Ernie’. At least in the case of poor old Johnny & Jamie there is no denying that they were permanently cured of there kleptomaniac tendencies with no further offences attributed to them ever again. As I said, I’m staying well clear this time, but if anyone wants to borrow a bit of rope I’m sure I can find a strand or two somewhere in the shed down at the bottom of my garden. OMPITA [Intl]
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10:30pm Thu 9 Jan 14

csiiscool says...

I feel these two cats should have their own Facebook page, I am sure it will goes viral (many likes)
I feel these two cats should have their own Facebook page, I am sure it will goes viral (many likes) csiiscool
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