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Derbyshire cat is a serial burglar but brings a smile to neighbours' faces

Gloves and pegs the spoils of Elmo the cat cat-happy
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In the small rural village of Belper, seven miles north of Derby, a cat burglar is at work. But ordinary this cat burglar is not, especially when it comes to his spoils.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 05/05/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:29

Vikki Maddocks is embarrassed. Her feline companion, going by the name of Elmo, is a thief. And to make matters worse, she knows his penchant for thievery is far from over. After a 12-month-long crime spree, Elmo continues to wreak havoc.

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What sets this moggy mugger apart from most, however, is the nature of the items he steals: no garden glove, marigold or clothes peg is safe from the prying paws of Elmo. Ms Maddocks estimates the loot to include at least 14 pairs of gloves and an entire peg bag.

While some cats prefer to bring home mice and birds, Elmo brings garden resources, and, according to the Derbyshire Times, he is immensely proud of his achievements.

Proud cat burglar

Maddocks told the paper Elmo, “comes in and he starts yelling really loudly and really proud of himself and then just drops to your feet and looks at you.”

In the spirit of the times, Maddocks insists on returning each and every item to its rightful owner, regardless of her discomfit.

Elmo is, according to Maddocks, an independent cat; one that prefers outdoors adventures to indoor snuggles. His actions however are typical of a cat that is ‘in love’ with its owner; cats naturally bring home bits and pieces just as they would deliver food to kittens in the wild.