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Man arrested as he tries giving neighbour's cat to his mother for Christmas

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 January 2014

A cat was stolen on Christmas Day (model used for pic)

A cat was stolen on Christmas Day (model used for pic)

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After spotting a message on Twitter from Barnet Police about a burglar who stole a cat from his neighbour only to give it to his own mother as a Christmas present, we thought it must have been a festive joke at the public's expense.

The convivial message said: “A burglar was arrested on Xmas day for stealing an expensive cat from his neighbour and giving it to his mother as a present. #pawsforthought”

It all seemed too purrfectly ­implausible.

But sure enough, the story was confirmed by officers and a cat burglar had been on the prowl in Colindale.

At around 11.30pm on Christmas Day, officers were called to a reported burglary where a 19-year-old woman’s 10-month-old cat had been stolen.

After a short investigation the cat was recovered and returned to its owner.

A 31-year-old man was arrested and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

As officers were quick to note, the whole affair should give the person responsible some serious paws for thought.

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