Worried cat owners live in fear for their pets, as on one occasion a man has been seen placing one animal in a plastic shopping bag.
One Maidstone resident loses 3 cats
Adele Ponton, 43, who lives in Grant Drive in the town, reports that 3 of her 5 pet cats have gone missing during recent weeks. She stated that her children were really upset, especially as her son is currently studying for his exams and could do without the stress and worry over the missing cats.
Adele commented, “It's an absolute nightmare. It's devastating, we're a bit numb at the moment and not really grasping it. Little things are happening around the house which remind us of the cats.”
Cat owners not hopeful about return of their pets
In one incident, rumours of a man on a bicycle who picked up a cat, stuffed it into a plastic bag then cycled away with it, have been reported to the police. A passer-by spotted this episode on Northumberland Road in Shepway, called out to the man, who proceeded to step onto the cat as it tried to escape from the bag. Unfortunately, when police attended the scene, no arrests were made.
A vendetta against Maidstone's pet cats
Neighbours of Ms Ponton, who also own cats, are afraid to let them out of their sight. Could it be that there is a serial cat thief on the loose? It certainly appears this way, as more cats are reported to be missing from the Maidstone area.
Meanwhile, police investigations continue to try to locate these missing cats. If anyone has further information, please contact Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting reference 46/114604/19, or by calling the Kent branch of Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.