Rare cats stolen, recovered from ABQ home

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say some unique felines were the victim of an actual cat burglar. The two hairless cats went missing, but their Albuquerque owner was on a mission to get them back and ended up having just the right amount of luck.

Usually the term “cat burglar” is for people who break in through the second floor, but not in this case. That’s because police say someone actually stole two expensive cats from a home.

Looking through cell phone video from earlier this week, APD officer Simon Drobik admits high-fiving a hairless cat isn’t your typical police work.

“Nah I was just messing with the cat and it happened to do that!” said officer Drobik. “So weird and cute.”

However, the story of how Officer Drobik got the video and photos of the cats is even weirder. It involves an actual cat burglar. Yes, someone who literally stole the two cats.

“The burglary itself was just the cats, somebody entered her residence, stole the cats and she reported it right away,” said officer Drobik.

The cats aren’t just any kind of felines either.

“They’re very unique cats obviously, hairless cats,” said officer Drobik.

The cats are called sphynx cats. You might remember a famous one from the Austin Powers movies called “Mr. Bigglesworth.”

APD says the two cats were taken from a southeast Albuquerque home near Central and Washington on August 21.

“This one sticks out because they entered that house and broke into that house specifically to steal those two cats,” said officer Drobik.

Police took a report but had no leads. So, they say the owner went searching, posting about the missing cats online. Eventually, the owner got a tip from a friend who said they saw them in the window of a home.

“Got the word of mouth out and was able to locate them in the northeast area command in a residence,” said officer Drobik.

APD responded and found what they were looking for.

“Looking through the window I was surprised to see two hairless cats, it’s not everyday you see something like that,” said officer Drobik.

Police were able to reunite the cats with the owner. They say the person who had them got them from someone else. While police are still looking for the cat burglar, they’re smiling about the outcome.

“Well the cats out of the bag on this one, this is a literal cat burglary,” said a chuckling officer Drobik. “We pounced on this case, sunk our claws into the investigation and we got the furless felines back to their owner.”

Police believe the cats traded hands about three or four times before landing in the lap of the final owner. At this point, they say the person who had them isn’t facing charges.

Sphynx cats are pretty unique. Not only do they need frequent baths because they don’t have fur but they’re also expensive, typically selling for more than 1,500 dollars each.

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