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Kleptokitty: Gladstone’s own cat burglar

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Tigger caught on camera bringing home underwear (Photos: Dave Kempa) Tigger caught on camera bringing home underwear (Photos: Dave Kempa)
Photo: Dave Kempa Photo: Dave Kempa
Sgt. Kempa with Tigger (Photo: Dave Kempa) Sgt. Kempa with Tigger (Photo: Dave Kempa)
Pile of clothes that Tigger has gathered. (Photo: Dave Kempa) Pile of clothes that Tigger has gathered. (Photo: Dave Kempa)
More clothes (Photo: Dave Kempa) More clothes (Photo: Dave Kempa)
GLADSTONE, OR (KPTV) -

While a West Linn Police officer is on patrol, his cat back home in Gladstone is becoming a criminal.

About three years ago, Tigger started to get sticky paws.

The cat started bringing home some strange things: an old milk carton, a spoon, and some things even more bizarre.

“He’s brought home underwear,” Sgt. Dave Kempas told Fox 12.  “I’m kind of curious to know where he’s getting that.”

But Sgt. Kempas doesn’t think his aptly-nicknamed “Kleptokitty” is getting inside other people’s houses.  He believes all of Tigger’s treasures are things that have been left outside, perhaps around the high school near their home.

“He even brought me a little bag of weed one time,” Sgt. Kempas added. “I said, ‘You can’t be bringing that stuff home, that’s against the law!’”

It’s a near-nightly occurrence; whatever Tigger finds ends up at the bottom of the driveway or on the back porch.

And the cat’s been doing it for three years.

“Starting in about March or April and all the way to October and November, he’s out catting around,” Sgt. Kempas joked. 

But when the mysterious items began appearing at his home, he had a good idea of who was behind it.

That’s because Tigger isn’t his first cat burglar.

His old cat, Bubba, did the same thing.

“The lady who lives next door to us, she’s a very prolific gardener, beautiful gardens – fruits and vegetables and flowers – but she would leave her gloves and so forth out, and we started finding gloves on our back porch,” he explained.  “This was, to use police vernacular, the same M.O. as before.”

So, he installed motion-activated trail cameras and caught the Kleptokitty red-handed, or in this case, red-pawed.

The nightly adventures have turned Tigger into a social media star.

Sgt. Kempas started this Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KleptoKittyGstone) and, as of Friday night, his cat has more than 600 followers.

The question is: what will he bring home tomorrow?

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