Kleptomaniac cat siblings raise the bar, targeting steel-hooded boots and dressing gowns

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It’s the perfect trick. As one stealthy thief embarks on a night of crime, another lies in wait, cashing in the joint from the wicked rooftops of Bishopdale.

It’s a risky business, but this sibling has it all figured out, both equally innocent when owner Emma Simo confronts them about their latest loot.

With crime escalating on their normally quiet Christchurch street, all paws are pointed at 3-year-old Kassandra and her brother Hjalmar, due to their Norwegian forest genetics.

It’s fair to say that even Poirot could come to the same conclusion. After all, these famous European cats are known to be great climbers, with strong claws more than capable of bringing home valuable treats.

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Hjalmar can be found not far from the loot of his home in Bishopdale.

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Hjalmar can be found not far from the loot of his home in Bishopdale.

Once used as rat catchers on Viking ships, Kassandra and Hjalmar have upped the ante when it comes to their race’s talents, taking a life of crime.

Simo was thrilled with the siblings in their freshman year, but things took a slightly hairier turn when rags started arriving on their doorstep.

Well-known for being a precursor to serious crimes, as in the case of Keith the Thief when he escalated into stealing drug paraphernalia including white powder, rags quickly became socks.

Then it’s cat toys and anything with catnip in it, before moving on to shoes – just one to start with, then a pair.

But they were smart, laying low for weeks before hiding in the dark.

Some of the latest loot brought home by the Thieving Cats.

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Some of the latest loot brought home by the Thieving Cats.

Simo began to suspect Kassandra but couldn’t rule Hjalmar out entirely, especially when he appeared with a soaked towel clenched between his teeth.

While it’s true that the two felines are on the game, it was Kassandra who was caught pinching a neighbour’s steel-capped boots.

They quickly progressed to bigger things, with Simo finding a Simoa dressing gown on the lawn. The next morning, her husband found another at the back of their property.

Accustomed to doing the walk of shame, sometimes with Kassandra and Hjalmar behind her, Simo began to find out who owned the dressing gowns.

Emma Simo is getting used to doing the walk of shame on behalf of her Norwegian cats Kassandra and Hjalmar.

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Emma Simo is getting used to doing the walk of shame on behalf of her Norwegian cats Kassandra and Hjalmar.

Their lack of morals was confirmed when it was discovered that they came from a bag of clothes that was going to be donated to charity from a nearby house.

It was not the first time that Simo was forced to report their crimes. Not so long ago, she had to return a shoe to a neighbor who had wrongly accused children of the theft. Kassandra purred happily down the neighbor’s driveway, hot on the heels of a guilty Simo.

She jokingly warned another neighbor who was watching amusedly that they might be next.

Sure enough, a ladies’ shoe mysteriously appeared the next morning. Queue another walk of shame.

So the question remains: who is the real Bishopdale burglar?

Shamelessly, Hjalmar tossed a toy bird in the air when Things tried to film it, happily basking in the glory of another robbery while Kassandra prowled the section.

But there was only one who carefully scrutinized what was offered in the photographer’s bag.

“We’re not entirely sure…but we suspect it’s Kassandra,” Emma said.

Hjalmar shows a stolen toy.

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Hjalmar shows a stolen toy.

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