Caturday felid: yet another klepto-cat, Denis from Luton

In February of last year I presented the story of Dusty, a cat burglar from California with an uncontrollable penchant for stealing from other people’s houses.  I thought his behavior was unique, but it has just turned up across the Atlantic—in Luton! The video below shows a black-and-white moggie named Denis Newman who can’t keep his paws off of other people’s stuff.

The alert sleuths on the BBC’s One Show, aided with a GPS device and a camera affixed to Denis’s collar, documents many acts feline purloinage, and in the act also maps out the cat’s territory.

Perhaps to atone for his mideeds, Denis is now an official sponsor for Homeless Cat Rescue of Bedfordshire, and you can donate or buy Dennis tee-shirts to help abandoned cats find homes.

Inevitably, Denis has a Facebook page.

h/t: Michael


  1. Marella
    Posted June 16, 2012 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    I’m not usually in favour of criminals being treated as celebrities but in this case he’s trying to help the less fortunate, so I’ll overlook it.

  2. lamacher
    Posted June 16, 2012 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    He’s been listening to too much G&S: “With cat-like tread …”

  3. gbjames
    Posted June 16, 2012 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    At least he isn’t taking out birds.

  4. brian smith
    Posted June 16, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    must resist the obvious … must resist the obvious … can’t resist the obvious

    we’ve finally found the cat burglar and he’s not Cary Grant in ‘To Cat(ch) a Thief’.

  5. Mark
    Posted June 16, 2012 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Why do people allow their cats and other pets to roam the neighborhood? One night he might be unable to return.

    • MKray
      Posted June 17, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

      `Outside’ is kitteh’s element. Keeping them inside seems cruel. If we kept our much-missed kitteh inside because it was below zero outside, she would still wake us past midnight insisting on being let out. Also, I’ve made some good friends with kitteh’s whose patrol takes them through our back garden. I’ll never forget Stevie: I’d be sitting in the garden reading the Observer in the sunshine, and I’d hear meow behind me… and then Stevie would honour me with her friendly presence on my lap for a few minutes… and then continue her patrol. Sadly Stevie’s people left the area. Living a few stories up is no excuse: see the wonderful Cat Ladders website.

      • MKray
        Posted June 17, 2012 at 8:55 am | Permalink

        Whhoops! kitteh’s ==> kittehs

  6. Posted June 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    “Slinky Malinki” by Lynley Dodd was written for small children. Although my children are supposedly too old for the book, I wouldn’t want to part with it. It’s about a cat, who, like Dusty and Denis, turns into a thief at night.

  7. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted June 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    O Noez! Kitteh implicated in zombie plague

  8. peter
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    One of mine (Liquorice – yes jet black) went through a phase, nicking neighbours undies mostly + a few baby bibs.

  9. Posted October 1, 2012 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    Thank you all for reading my story, I do have CCTV footage on YouTube ‘Cat Stole My Pants’ and any money I raise goes to the charity who have adopted me as their sponsor.

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