Monday 25 September 2017

Appeal after cat stolen from hotel

Police are appealing for information after CCTV footage appears to show a man stealing 13-year-old cat Jerry from a hotel
Police are appealing for information after CCTV footage appears to show a man stealing 13-year-old cat Jerry from a hotel

Police are hunting a man who was caught on camera stealing a beloved cat from a hotel in the middle of the night.

Jerry, a 13-year-old blue Burman was last seen at the Hotel Penzance on February 10.

Staff became worried when he did not come in for the night as usual, but concerns mounted when he had still not returned the following morning.

Growing anxious about his safety, the employees checked the hotel security footage and were shocked to see what appeared to be a man taking Jerry from the premises at around 10.30pm.

Hotel owner Stephen Hill said: "We have had Jerry at the hotel since he was a kitten - he is about 13 years old, and he has been the hotel cat all that time."

Mr Hill continued: "My wife unfortunately unexpectedly died about five weeks ago, so this is a horrible blow on top of that happening.

"Whether it was heat of the moment, or simply an act of stupidity, we just want him back."

The hotel owner said he hoped the police appeal and posters put up around the area would "shame" the perpetrator into returning the cat.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said they were appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

He added: "There's CCTV footage of the theft which shows a man walking into the car park of the hotel, and kneeling down to entice the cat.

"A couple of minutes later the man is seen following the cat to the top of the car park, and then seen once again leaving the premises with something stuffed inside his jacket."

The man is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, of slim build and was wearing a grey hoodie, dark blue jacket, dark jeans, a baseball cap and white trainers.

Police would like anyone who can identify the man, or knows of the whereabouts of Jerry to call 101, or email the police on 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk quoting crime reference CR/010037/15. They can also anonymously get in touch via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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