Callous cat thief taunts Lostwithiel owner
A THIEF "kitnapped" a three-legged feline from her home – then taunted the owner by writing a letter purporting to be from the hapless creature herself.
The letter, posted to a number of shops and businesses, claimed Minx was better off away from her Lostwithiel owner Nigel Stern and was enjoying her new life "in the country" and wouldn't be returning home.
Mr Stern's popular cat-about-town went missing from the town on September 8, with the taunting letter arriving nearly three weeks later.
Kitchen porter Mr Stern, 52, told the Cornish Guardian: "When I saw the letter my blood was boiling with anger; it's disgusting. Whoever took her knows who I am because the letter says, 'I miss you all, especially my dad; please let him know I'm OK'."
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Other parts of the letter said: "I made friends with two very nice people who live in the country and when they invited me to come and live with them I said 'yes please, even though I didn't show it'."
Another section appears to imply that the offender has taken the cat because it wasn't being looked after by Mr Stern.
Copies of the letter penned by the heartless thief were posted to several shops along Fore Street which Minx often frequented.
The black and white cat's sudden disappearance was out of character and Mr Stern placed posters around Lostwithiel appealing for any information.
Mr Stern has been angered by the letter and believes the offender knows the cat belongs to him.
The thief's letter stated the cat "liked living in Lostwithiel" but became "a little frightened" after the accident, which left it with three legs, and that the town was a now "busy place".
The cat is popular among locals in the town due to her happy, social nature and was even made a member of the Lostwithiel Social Committee, sitting next to her owner in meetings.
"She's a right little character around the town and everybody knows her. She was really happy where she was and had lots of friends. She was like a dog in the sense that she wagged her tail when she was happy," said Mr Stern.
He has reported the incident to the police and has pleaded for her safe return.
"I miss her and just want her back," he said. "Whoever did it is probably keeping her locked in and she hates to be kept inside. I've asked window cleaners and postmen to keep an eye out as well."
PC Andrew Barnicoat said: "It's obviously a very upsetting case and we're just looking to reunite the cat with its owner, so all information would be welcome."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police, quoting number GW13 815.