Cat Burglar Targets North Idaho Neighborhood

COEUR D’ALENE — A North Idaho neighborhood has fallen victim to a cat burglar, in the form of a one-year-old feline named Jack.

Judy Waring lives in Coeur d’Alene. She owns the cat, and she could no longer hide the fact that he cannot keep his paws off anything.

“He lives life in the fast lane,” Waring said.

Jack does most of his burglaries at night, and during the day he is one tired cat.

“Well, sometimes he stays out all night, but more often he hits the road around 4 a.m.,” said Waring.

Jack roams the neighborhood, leading a double life, in search of his next heist.

“It’s his fetish. He collects clothing mainly at night,” Waring said.

It started in October, and now his owner is airing his dirty laundry for everyone to see.

“I saw it Sunday when we drove by and I said ‘oh the neighbors are having a yard sale’,” neighbor Opal said.

Waring put all of the items that jack has stolen out on a clothes line in front of her home.

“Gap sunhat, these [men’s underpants] speak for themselves, designer shorts, lined which I may decide to keep,” Waring said.

There were also two towels, a stuffed duck, and 27 pairs of gloves, some of which were brand new.

“I don’t know, but I know there’s a woman who charges $60 an hour to come and talk to your pets, we might have her come and talk to jack about this,” Waring said.

Judy’s favorite item that Jack brought home was a black dress glove.

“It’s so dressy and nice I tried it on once, and I looked really wonderful, and I’m hoping Jack brings the other one home,” said Waring.

As the loot piled up, Waring could no longer keep it a secret.

“I wanted to absolve any blame that we might receive,” Waring said.

She hoped neighbors would find something they’ve been missing.

“If you see anything you like help yourself, maybe you’d like the hooded shirt,” said Waring.

Waring’s neighbor Opal said she is not missing anything, yet.  However, with spring here, and Jack will now be on a new mission.

“Well I’d rather he didn’t kill birds, you know but that’s his thing,” Waring said.

Even with spring time activities, it’s still not enough to keep Jack’s paws clean.

“He likes it. It’s his thing, and if I decided to make him stop, how would I,” Waring said.