Police have made an arrest after a man was woken just after 4am by an armed intruder who held a pistol to his head and demanded cats.
According to a reports from the Laurium Police Department in Houghton County, Michigan, the victim woke up at 4.14 on Wednesday, March 24, to find the firearm pressed against his head.
The literal cat burglar told the shocked households that he wanted the two cats that lived at the property, and wasn’t taking “no” for an answer.
After some discussion, the robber made off with just one of the cats. A 52-year-old man from the nearby village of Calumet, Michigan, was apprehended a short time later, according to a police news release.
A firearm was seized as evidence during his arrest and the suspect was later booked at the Houghton County Jail on charges of home invasion and felonious assault.
Laurium Police Department have declined to release either the name of the suspect or the victim at this point, but say that there is evidence to suggest that the two men knew each other before the alleged offence.
Officers from the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office, Houghton County Sheriff’s Department and Hancock City Police Department attended the scene to assist Laurium Police officers in a search of the crime scene.
Laurium Police told local news channel TV6, that it is unknown if the missing cat had been located following the suspect’s arrest.
Elsewhere in the US, a thief robbed a restaurant in Oregon and left a cat behind. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office stated that deputies were called to a Shari’s restaurant in Wilsonville around 10 p.m. on March 19 in response to a report of a robbery.
A few hours later the suspect, one Ronald Wood, was stopped by police while driving nearby.
“Our deputy attempted to stop the suspect car. It fled a short distance before Mr. Woods crashed into a parked car, bailed from his own vehicle, and ran away on foot,” says Clackamas County Police.
“While searching the suspect's vehicle," they added, "deputies discovered the stolen cash register, multiple methamphetamine pipes… and a lone black cat.
"The cat had been abandoned in the car by Woods during his attempt to get away.”
That cat, named Asher, is reportedly safe and well and in the custody of the VCA Animal Hospital in Clackamas.
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