Southampton cat keeps stealing underwear from across Portswood

Daily Echo: Oscar the cat with just some of his haul Oscar the cat with just some of his haul

HE’S not your average cat burglar.

Standing just 12 inches tall and sporting a ginger and white fur coat, meet one of Southampton’s most prolific underwear thieves.

Over the past few weeks Oscar the cheeky feline has stolen various’ ladies knickers, countless socks and more than his fair share of gardening gloves.

The 13-year-old’s owners became so concerned about his habit they even phoned police in case neighbours thought they were stealing their clothes.

Now owners Peter and Birgitt, who are fostering Oscar, plan to adopt the kleptomaniac cat after falling in love with his habit of bringing them up to ten “presents” a day.

Peter Weismantel, 72, of Gordon Avenue, Portswood, said: “He started bringing socks home a few months ago and then gardening gloves which we tracked to our neighbour. Then we had a situation in which he brought back young women’s underwear.

Bear in mind we live in a student area we didn’t know what to do and thought it would go away.

“Then it began to escalate and I telephoned the police as people must have been missing clothes – especially with women’s underwear being taken.

“But he just doesn’t stop.

He’s still doing it now.

We are thinking of training him as Fagin.”

Over the last three weeks Oscar has brought home dozens of socks, various ladies knickers, builder’s gloves, a knee-pad, a paint roller, rubber gloves and gardening gloves.

Earlier this week he brought home, one by one, ten pairs of children’s underpants.

Birgitt Weismantel, 56, who has been fostering Oscar from the Southampton Cats Protection charity since Christmas, said: “He brings them back as presents. We can’t give him back now as he makes such an effort with all these gifts. He’s got a lovely personality and is a very loving cat.

“I think we fell in love with him before he started taking all these things. It was just so touching to see him come home every day with something for us.

“When he can’t find us anything decent he brings us back some newspaper or a Jcloth.

“If any readers in the Portswood area are missing the said items of underwear it would be good to put their minds at rest that it’s only a cat pinching and not someone more unpleasant.”

Birgitt added that the police now have a detailed description of Oscar and have logged his thefts, which are believed to total around 70.

The CPL

OSCAR was looked after by the Southampton branch of the Cats Protection Society before being adopted. They currently have lots of cats and kittens needing homes. Last year the Southampton branch rehomed 320 cats and neutered more than 500. For more information visit southampton.cats.org.uk or contact 0845 3712718.

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11:28am Thu 8 Jul 10

5outhy says...

I hate cats
I hate cats 5outhy
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11:39am Thu 8 Jul 10

OSPREYSAINT says...

5outhy wrote:
I hate cats
I doubt kitty knicker nicker would like you much either!
[quote][p][bold]5outhy[/bold] wrote: I hate cats[/p][/quote]I doubt kitty knicker nicker would like you much either! OSPREYSAINT
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11:45am Thu 8 Jul 10

Block41row0sfc says...

Yeah right bet there's some wrong en doing it and blaming a cat
Yeah right bet there's some wrong en doing it and blaming a cat Block41row0sfc
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11:47am Thu 8 Jul 10

down to earth says...

i hate anyone who hates cats
i hate anyone who hates cats down to earth
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11:48am Thu 8 Jul 10

Shoong says...

That's my alibi sorted then...
That's my alibi sorted then... Shoong
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11:57am Thu 8 Jul 10

Wall_Ace says...

down to earth wrote:
i hate anyone who hates cats
I don't like cats, does that make me a bad person? Do you hate me?

Ridiculous thing to say.
[quote][p][bold]down to earth[/bold] wrote: i hate anyone who hates cats[/p][/quote]I don't like cats, does that make me a bad person? Do you hate me? Ridiculous thing to say. Wall_Ace
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11:59am Thu 8 Jul 10

OSPREYSAINT says...

When told to take them back it said me how?
When told to take them back it said me how? OSPREYSAINT
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12:25pm Thu 8 Jul 10

Jonesy 87 says...

I cant stand ginger ****
I cant stand ginger **** Jonesy 87
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12:28pm Thu 8 Jul 10

5outhy says...

down to earth wrote:
i hate anyone who hates cats
i hate anyone wou hates anyone who hates cats
[quote][p][bold]down to earth[/bold] wrote: i hate anyone who hates cats[/p][/quote]i hate anyone wou hates anyone who hates cats 5outhy
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12:29pm Thu 8 Jul 10

Spot O'Bother says...

Yeah, right.
Yeah, right. Spot O'Bother
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12:32pm Thu 8 Jul 10

jono1974 says...

Nice ****.
Nice ****. jono1974
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12:39pm Thu 8 Jul 10

taraquinn says...

My cat does this., he steals pants, socks and has tried to take my fleece. He also brings stuff home - food mostly. One christmas he brought home a turkey leg, lumps of cheese, roast potato, ham, and yorkshire puddings. As he drags it around he makes a horrible howl.
My cat does this., he steals pants, socks and has tried to take my fleece. He also brings stuff home - food mostly. One christmas he brought home a turkey leg, lumps of cheese, roast potato, ham, and yorkshire puddings. As he drags it around he makes a horrible howl. taraquinn
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12:49pm Thu 8 Jul 10

bemused26 says...

We used to have a cat who would bring strange things home- used scratch cards, match boxes, wet newspapers, anything she could find really. She also brought home the usual squirrels and mice as well but some things were just plain odd.

I suspect Oscar from this story is doing this to show his appreciation to his 'foster parents' seeing as they have been looking after him. I saw his story on the CPL website and felt very sorry for him! Unfortunately I'm not in a position to adopt a cat just yet, though I'm pleased to see the fosterers have decided to keep him on at their home.

There was a cat that made the BBC news a year or two ago as he kept coming home with socks that he'd pinched from the neighbours. I think it's cute :)
We used to have a cat who would bring strange things home- used scratch cards, match boxes, wet newspapers, anything she could find really. She also brought home the usual squirrels and mice as well but some things were just plain odd. I suspect Oscar from this story is doing this to show his appreciation to his 'foster parents' seeing as they have been looking after him. I saw his story on the CPL website and felt very sorry for him! Unfortunately I'm not in a position to adopt a cat just yet, though I'm pleased to see the fosterers have decided to keep him on at their home. There was a cat that made the BBC news a year or two ago as he kept coming home with socks that he'd pinched from the neighbours. I think it's cute :) bemused26
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1:59pm Thu 8 Jul 10

Mental Micky says...

Good thinking Peter- "errr it wasn't me darling - it was the cat brought them in. I just put them in my bedside drawer until we found out who they belonged to". That's nearly as good as "Well I was hoovering the flat and it was really hot so I took all my clothes off but then I was just leaning over and I lost my balanace, and it got stuck doctor".
Good thinking Peter- "errr it wasn't me darling - it was the cat brought them in. I just put them in my bedside drawer until we found out who they belonged to". That's nearly as good as "Well I was hoovering the flat and it was really hot so I took all my clothes off but then I was just leaning over and I lost my balanace, and it got stuck doctor". Mental Micky
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2:09pm Thu 8 Jul 10

angelsaint says...

down to earth wrote:
i hate anyone who hates cats
I REALLY hate cats
[quote][p][bold]down to earth[/bold] wrote: i hate anyone who hates cats[/p][/quote]I REALLY hate cats angelsaint
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2:22pm Thu 8 Jul 10

lowe esteem says...

**** deleted- that was my punchline!
**** deleted- that was my punchline! lowe esteem
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4:47pm Thu 8 Jul 10

wilson castaway says...

Bless that cat!Hope you have a good life now!
Bless that cat!Hope you have a good life now! wilson castaway
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6:57pm Thu 8 Jul 10

Mr E says...

this cat is obviously a purr vert
this cat is obviously a purr vert Mr E
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8:14pm Thu 22 Jul 10

msmstud says...

Thanks to the internet, Oscar and his custodians (and Ash Bolton) are internationally famous!
http://icanhascheezb
urger.com/2010/07/15
/funny-pictures-cat-
burglar/
http://www.themalays
ianinsider.com/world
/article/cat-burglar
-that-likes-washing-
line-knickers/
http://www.clickonde
troit.com/family/242
61098/detail.html
After the line, "...one of Southampton’s most prolific underwear thieves," I glanced about for links to the other articles pertaining to Southampton underwear thieves.

Unfortunately, geography is tricky for some internet journalists:
http://www.newkerala
.com/news/fullnews-1
42593.html

I've yet to read, "Precocious Puddy Nicks Knickers! Coppers Complacent."
Thanks to the internet, Oscar and his custodians (and Ash Bolton) are internationally famous! http://icanhascheezb urger.com/2010/07/15 /funny-pictures-cat- burglar/ http://www.themalays ianinsider.com/world /article/cat-burglar -that-likes-washing- line-knickers/ http://www.clickonde troit.com/family/242 61098/detail.html After the line, "...one of Southampton’s most prolific underwear thieves," I glanced about for links to the other articles pertaining to Southampton underwear thieves. Unfortunately, geography is tricky for some internet journalists: http://www.newkerala .com/news/fullnews-1 42593.html I've yet to read, "Precocious Puddy Nicks Knickers! Coppers Complacent." msmstud
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